Upland Goose or Magellan Goose

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Upland Goose or Magellan Goose (Chloephaga picta)

Female Magellan GooseThe Upland Goose or Magellan Goose (Chloephaga picta) is native to South America, where it occurs in open grassland areas.


Males can be identified by their white heads and chests.

Females have a mostly brown plumage with black-striped wings and yellow feet. Females resemble the Ruddy-headed Geese.

Upland Geese measure between 60-72.5 cm (24-29 in) in length and weigh, on average, 2.7-3.2 kg (5.9-7 lbs).

Male Upland Goose (Chloephaga picta)Female (1st) and Male (2nd) Upland Goose or Magellan Goose

Upland Goose or Magellan Goose (Chloephaga picta)Diet / Feeding:

Geese feed mainly on plant material. When feeding in water, they submerge their heads and necks to reach aquatic plants, sometimes tipping forward like a dabbling duck. Flocks of these birds often feed on leftover cultivated grains in fields, especially during migration or in winter.

Ducks and geese generally feed on larvae and pupae usually found under rocks, aquatic animals, plant material, seeds, small fish, snails and crabs.

Feeding Ducks and Geese ...

We all enjoy waterfowl and many of us offer them food to encourage them to come over and stay around - and it works! Who doesn't like an easy meal!

However, the foods that we traditionally feed them at local ponds are utterly unsuitable for them and are likely to cause health problems down the road. Also, there may be local laws against feeding this species of bird - so it's best to check on that rather than facing consequences at a later stage.

Please note that feeding ducks and geese makes them dependent on humans for food, which can result in starvation and possibly death when those feedings stop. If you decide to feed them, please limit the quantity to make sure that they maintain their natural ability to forage for food themselves - providing, of course, that natural food sources are available.

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