African Pygmy Goose

African Pygmy Goose

Birds

SCIENTIFIC CLASSIFICATION

COMMON NAME: African pygmy goose
KINGDOM: Animalia
PHYLUM: Chordata
CLASS: Aves
ORDER: Anseriformes
FAMILY: Anatidae
GENUS SPECIES: Nettapus auritus

FAST FACTS

DESCRIPTION: This is a small species of goose with a white face, green ear patches and metallic green on the back.
SIZE: About 75 cm (30 in.)
WEIGHT: Approximately 285 g (0.875 oz.)
DIET: Feeds on seeds and other plant parts and water lilies
INCUBATION: Approximately 23 days
CLUTCH SIZE 6-12 eggs
FLEDGING DURATION Approximately 50 days
SEXUAL MATURITY: About 2 years
LIFE SPAN: 10-15 years
RANGE: Sub-Saharan Africa (Cape North to Ethiopia) and Madagascar
HABITAT: Found in ponds, sluggish rivers and bays
POPULATION: GLOBAL Unknown
STATUS: IUCN Not listed
CITES Appendex III
USFWS Not listed

FUN FACTS

1. Unlike many waterfowl, this goose can perch on tree branches and nest in high places.

ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION

These birds were fairly common in the 1970s, but are now only found in isolated patches due to habitat destruction.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Scott, P. A Colored Key of the Wildfowl of the World. Slimbridge, England. The Wildfowl Trust. 1988.

Todd, F.S. Natural History of Waterfowl. San Diego, Ca. Ibis Publishing Co., 1996.