Bird Families

Chicken Goose / Cereopsis novaehollandiae

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  • Superclass Tetrapoda Class Birds Aves
  • Order Anseriformes - Anseriformes
  • Family Duck - Anatidae
  • Subfamily Goose - Anserinae
  • Tribe Chicken Geese - Cereopsini
  • Genus Chicken geese - Cereopsis

A large massive goose with a length of 75-100 cm, weighing up to 6.8 kg. The color is gray, with light transverse ripples and eyes on the shoulder feathers. The forehead is light, the beak is high and short, swollen at the base, with a curved tip, similar to that of a chicken. most of the beak is yellow. the tip is black. The legs are red with black paws. Young ones are lighter in color with more frequent spotting.

Distributed in coastal meadows in some points of the coast of southern Australia and Tasmania, during the non-nesting period it can also migrate inland. The chicken goose is a pasture land bird, practically does not enter the water, it swims badly.

Breeds in winter near the southern hemisphere, nests in separate pairs and sparse colonies, usually 5 eggs in a clutch. Incubation lasts 34-37 days, young ones begin to fly from 70-76 days, down jackets are piebald, black-and-white, similar to ogare chicks.

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