Spur-winged Goose

Spur-winged Goose

Spur-winged Goose
Plectropterus gambensis


CLASS
Aves
ORDER
Anseriformes
FAMILY
Anatidae

Range

Africa south of the Sahara


Habitat

Swamps, lakes, flooded meadows, grassy plains


Diet

Young shoots and grasses, seeds, fruit, and crops

Weight

14 - 22 lbs.

Size

30 - 40 in.

Clutch

7 - 12 eggs

IUCN Status

Least Concern

Facts

  • Males are larger than females and develop a knob on the forehead as they mature.
  • The voice of the male is a thin, squeaky whistle and females are generally silent.
  • Named for the odd spur on the forepart of the wing.
  • Although its ground-nesting habits led to it being called a goose, it is actually a perching duck.

 

Conservation

Not threatened, but faces challenges from uncontrolled hunting.

Least Concern

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Address

Alexandria Zoo
3016 Masonic Drive
Alexandria, LA 71301
P: (318) 441-6810

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