French: Ouette de l’Orénoque German: Orinokogans Spanish: Ganso del Orinoco
“Ad ripam fl. Solimoëns in insula Praya das Onças”
Widespread, though spottily distributed, in N South America E of Andes from E Colombia, Venezuela and the Guianas S through Amazonian Brazil, E Ecuador, E Peru, E & S Bolivia and W Paraguay to extreme NW Argentina (Salta).
61–66 cm; male 1700–1950 g, female 1200–1440 g. Unmistakable, it being the only large, goose-like bird within the species’ range and habitat;... read more
Most information is from captivity: male gives loud “shewit shewit” and female “a-ohk” in flight,... read more
Forest-covered sides of tropical rivers, with rocky or sandy beaches, wooded islands and damp... read more
Food and feeding
Information on wild birds virtually unavailable, but presumed to consume greener parts of grasses, sedges and various plants, but also... read more
During dry season, mostly Dec–Jan in Colombia and Venezuela, where nesting appears synchronized; in SW Amazonian Brazil, young of... read more
Chiefly sedentary throughout range, with usually only small-scale movements recorded, with the... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Based on limited field data, overall global population has been estimated at 10,000–25,000 mature... read more
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