Andean Goose

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Andean Goose
Conservation status: Lower risk (lc)
Andean Goose
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Anseriformes
Family:Anatidae
Genus:Chloephaga
Species:C. melanoptera
Binomial name
Chloephaga melanoptera
Eyton, 1838

The Andean Goose, Chloephaga melanoptera, is a member of the duck, goose and swan family Anatidae. It is in the shelduck subfamily Tadorninae.

It is resident around lakes and marshes in the high Andes, usually well above 3000m. It is largely terrestrial and avoids swimming except in emergencies.

This is a heavily built bird with a tiny pink bill, and white plumage except for black in the wings and tail. The female is similar to the male, but is smaller.

The Andean Goose is a grazing species, eating various grasses. It nests on the ground in a bare scrape near water, laying 6-10 eggs. It is territorial in the breeding season, but otherwise forms small flocks.

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Two Andean Geese feed
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