Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/52470

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Anseriformes
Family:Anatidae
Genus:Plectopterus
Genus species:Plectopterus gambensis

Animal Characteristics

Weight:4-9 kg
Identification:The male spur-winged goose has a red face with no feathers, a black crown and nape, a brown neck, and a white throat, breast, and cheeks. The sides, wings, and tail of the spur-winged goose are black with a purple and green gloss. The spur-winged goose also has white undersides, a pink bill and legs, and a sharp spur at the bend of each wing that is only visible during flight.
Habitat:Flooded meadows, swamps and lakes
Diet:Herbivore: young grass, crops, fallen figs, nuts, potatoes
Reproduction:A female produces 7-12 eggs each breeding season.
Large groups will sometimes form.
Behavior:Spur-winged geese feed in the early morning and evening.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:The spur-winged goose is the largest and most common goose species in Africa.

Other Information

Geographic:Central Africa
Southern Africa
Date:1966-12 Subjects:Spur-winged goose
duck-like bird
Anser
Geese
Anatidae
Anseriformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata
Primo Record:https://colostate-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/primo-explore/fulldisplay?vid=01COLSU&docid=01COLSU_DSPACE10217/52470