- Common Name
- Cape Barren 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
- This species has a very large range and can be found in Western Australia, Southern Australia, and Tasmania.
- These birds are usually found on small, windy and generally uninhabited offshore islands.
- The total population is estimated between 16,000-18,000 individuals, roughly equating to 11,000-12,000 mature individuals. The population appears to be stable and is not severely fragmented.
- IUCN: Least Concern
CITES: Not listed
USFWS: Not listed
Cape Barren geese were once thought to be the immature phase of the native black swan.
These birds produce sounds similar to a grunting pig.
Ecology and Conservation
By the 1950s the Cape Barren goose was nearly extinct. Today, thanks to increased habitat protection their population appears to be stabilizing.
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Photo Credit: Cape_Barren_Geese.jpg. Source: Wikimedia Commons. Image by: D. Gordon E. Robinson. Year Created: 22 April 2005. Website: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cape_Barren_Geese.jpg. License: CC by SA 3.0.