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Orinoco Goose
Conservation status: Lower Risk (nt)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Genus: Neochen
Species: jubata
Binomial name
Neochen jubata
(Spix, 1825)

The Orinoco Goose (Neochen jubata ) is a member of the duck, goose and swan family Anatidae. It is in the shelduck subfamily Tadorninae, and is the only member of the genus Neochen.


This 61-76 cm long species is a resident breeder in the forests of tropical South America. Its preference is forest lakes or marshes with access to open woodland or savanna.


It has a pale head and neck, chestnut flanks, dark upperparts and blackish wings with a white speculum. The legs are red and the bill is black. The sexes of this striking species are identical in plumage, though the males are larger; juveniles are duller than adults.


This is a largely terrestrial species, which will also perch readily on trees. It rarely swims or flies unless hard pressed. In flight it looks heavy, more like a goose than a duck, whence the English name.


Orinoco Goose is a very territorial species in the breeding season, and usually nests in hollow trees, only occasionally on the ground. The male has a high pitched whistling call, and the female cackles like the related Egyptian Goose.


Reference

  • Wildfowl by Madge and Burn, ISBN 0-7470-2201-1

 
 

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