magpie goose

Magpie Goose

Anseranas semipalmata

CLASS Aves | ORDER Anseriformes | FAMILY Anatidae

RANGE Northern Australia, New Guinea, and Tasmania

HABITAT Large freshwater lakes, slow-moving waterways, and swamps

DIET Aquatic plants, seeds, and grasses

Up to 6.5 lbs

2.5 to 2.9 ft

5 - 14 eggs

IUCN Status
Least Concern
magpie goose

Unlike true geese, their feet are only partially webbed with long, clawed toes. Also unlike true geese, the molt is gradual, and there is no flightless period. Magpie geese make a loud honking sound.

magpie geese

It is the only water bird that often forms a mating trio, one male with two females.