Family Ducks, Geese, Swans (Anatidae)

Near Threatened

Orinoco Goose (Neochen jubata)


French: Ouette de l’Orénoque German: Orinokogans Spanish: Ganso del Orinoco

Anser jubatus


, 1825,

“Ad ripam fl. Solimoëns in insula Praya das Onças”


A distinctive species; has been proposed as a possible link between the typical shelducks (Tadorna) and the sheldgeese (Chloephaga), but this remains to be proven. Monotypic.


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).

Descriptive notes

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

Recommended citation

Carboneras, C., Kirwan, G.M. & Sharpe, C.J. (2018). Orinoco Goose (Neochen jubata). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 24 March 2018).