French: Ouette de Magellan German: Magellangans Spanish: Cauquén común
Other common names:
Lesser Magellan Goose (picta),
Greater Magellan Goose, Falkland Magellan Goose (leucoptera)
J. F. Gmelin
Staten Island, extreme south Argentina
Subspecies and Distribution
C. p. picta
(J. F. Gmelin, 1789) – C Chile and S Argentina S to Tierra del Fuego; winters N to Río Negro and S Buenos Aires, Argentina#R.
C. p. leucoptera
(J. F. Gmelin, 1789) – Falkland Is.
60–72·5 cm; male 2650–3560 g, female 2470–3050 g. Unmistakable, but male similar to C. hybrida (black legs of present species are clear... read more
Principal vocalizations are a whistled “wheep” by male and a low, rattling “a-rrr” by female.
Continental birds not generally associated with water, frequenting dry pastures and arable land for... read more
Food and feeding
Almost exclusively vegetarian; leaves, stems and seed heads of grasses (Poa annua, P. pratensis) and sedges. In Patagonia... read more
Starts early Aug (Falklands) or Oct/Nov (continent), but principal laying period is mid Sept to late Oct in the Falklands (leucoptera... read more
Birds of southernmost part of range descend to lower latitudes, occurring N to Buenos Aires... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Total numbers perhaps c. 200,000 in Falklands (where 46,000–85,000 pairs were estimated during the breeding bird survey of 1983... read more
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