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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Anseriformes
Family:Anatidae
Genus:Cereopsis
Genus species:Cereopsis novaehollandiae

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:75-100 cm
Identification:Cape Barren geese are pale gray with a short black triangular bill, a lime green cere, and dark spots on their wings, scapulars, and wing coverts. They have pink or red legs, black feet, black wingtips, and black tail and under wing coverts.
Habitat:Grasslands, mud flats, marshes, offshore islands
Diet:Herbivore: grasses, seeds, legumes
Reproduction:Lifelong pairs, a male and female begin building their nest in May, usually in the grass or among rocks. The female incubates her eggs for 37 days. Both parents care for the chicks until the fledge is 10 or 11 weeks of age.
Flocks with up to 300 birds may gather. Foraging is usually done in smaller groups.
Behavior:These birds will hiss if threatened or attacking a predator. They are rarely found in the water.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:The female can loose up to 1/5 of her body weight while incubating her eggs.

Other Information

Geographic:Southeastern Australia
Tasmania
Date:1972-01 Subjects:Cape Barren goose
duck-like bird
Cereopsis goose
Geese
Anatidae
Anseriformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata
Geeses
Water birds
Waterfowl