Upland Geese or Magellan Goose
The Upland Geese or Magellan Goose (Chloephaga picta) is native to South America, where it occurs in open grassland areas.
Males can be identified by their white heads and chests.
Females have a mostly brown plumage with black-striped wings and yellow feet. Females resemble the Ruddy-headed Geese.
Upland Geese measure between 60-72.5 cm (24-29 in) in length and weigh, on average, 2.7-3.2 kg (5.9-7 lbs).
Diet / Feeding:
Geese feed mainly on plant material. When feeding in water, they submerge their heads and necks to reach aquatic plants, sometimes tipping forward like a dabbling duck. Flocks of these birds often feed on leftover cultivated grains in fields, especially during migration or in winter.
Ducks and geese generally feed on larvae and pupae usually found under rocks, aquatic animals, plant material, seeds, small fish, snails and crabs.
Further Goose Information
- Goose Information / Overview
- Photos of the Different Goose Species for Identification
- Species Index of Geese