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Bird Magpie Goose (Anseranas semipalmata)


Henry Arthur Readford
May 23, 2011
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Common Name: Magpie Goose

Scientific Name: Anseranas semipalmata

Family: Anseranatidae

Order: Anseriformes

Other Names: N/A

Distribution: widespread throughout coastal northern and eastern Australia.

Habitat: floodplains and wet grasslands.

Field Notes: black neck and head, with a characteristic knob on the crown , which increases in size with age. The underparts are white, with contrasting black edges on the underwing. The bill, legs and feet are orange. The Magpie Goose differs from most waterfowl in having strongly clawed toes that are webbed only on their basal halves . Females are slightly smaller than males. Size =71 - 92cm

Photos by Auscraft, 2011. Gordanbrook Dam, QLD

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The rusty colour seen on white chest is from the red soil found in this area