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Orinoco Goose

Orinoco Goose

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Scientific Name:

Neochen jubata


Colombia, Venezuela, Guianas S to Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, NW Argentina.


Omnivore. Grasses, sedges, various plants, aquatic plant tubers, berries, invertebrates (insects, worms, small molluscs).


Habitat:  Forested sides of rivers and damp clearings, wet savannas, edges of large freshwater wetlands.

Incubation: 28-30 days / 6-10 eggs

Social structure: pairs, family groups or large groups of up to 20 birds.

Weight: male 1950gr max, female 1440gr max

Dimensions: 61-66cm

Lifespan: 20+ under human care

Estimated population in the wild: 10,000-25,000

Threats: Hunting, habitat destruction.

IUCN Status: Near Threatened.

Did you know that:

During their territorial display they expand their chest, pull back their heads, flap their wings, and then rush towards a rival animal. They take such an upright position that it looks as if they might fall over backwards.

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