- Common Name
- Cape Barren goose, Cereopsis goose
- Genus Species
- Cereopsis novaehollandiae
- The Cape Barren goose has pale gray plumage with black markings near the wing tips and tail. These geese also have pink legs, black feet and a bright greenish-yellow knot on their short black bill.
- Approximately 85 cm (24.5 ft) long; wingspan 1.7 m (5.5 ft)
- Approximately 3.12-6.8 kg (6.98-15 lbs.)
- Feeds on common island tussock, spear grass, and various herbs and succulents; also pasture grasses including barley grass and clover
- 30 days
- Clutch Size
- Lays approximately 5 eggs
- Fledging Duration
- Roughly 70 days
- Sexual Maturity
- Approximately 3 years
- Life Span
- No data
- Inhabits the southern coast of Australia; a small population is found in Tasmania
- Found on small, windy and generally uninhabited offshore islands, but venture to adjacent mainland farming areas as well
- Global: In southern Australia an estimated 16,000–20,000 individuals; in Tasmania, approximately 14,000 geese
- IUCN: Not listed
CITES: Not listed
USFWS: Not listed
Cape Barren geese were once thought to be the immature phase of the native black swan.
The call of the Cape Barren goose sounds like the grunt of a pig.
Ecology and Conservation
By the 1950s the Cape Barren goose was nearly extinct. Today, thanks to increased protection and feeding grounds, their numbers are increasing.
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