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CAPE BARREN GOOSE

CAPE BARREN GOOSECereopsis novaehollandiae

Conservation Status: Lower Risk/ Least Concern

Stable due to favorable conditions on agricultural lands and a stop of intensive hunting.

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CLASS

Aves

ORDER

Anseriformes

FAMILY

Anatidae

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General Characteristics:

Color: 

Pale gray with distinctive dark spots on wings

Size:

29.5 – 39.4 inches

Weight:

7 – 14 pounds

Average Lifespan:

Up to 17 years

Captive Lifespan:

Up to 17 years

Distribution:

Islands off southern Australia from Recherche Archipelago to Tasmania

Habitat:

Scrub and grassy areas near coast; edges of lakes and lagoons

Reproduction:

Mating: 

Perennially; monogamous; breeds in southern winter May – June

Gestation/Incubation:

34 – 37 days

Litter/Clutch Size:

3 – 6 eggs in shallow ground nest

Mature: 

70 – 76 days

Diet:

Grasses, seeds of grasses, sedges, and leaves by grazing

Behavior:

Territorial or colonial during the breeding season, but disperse after breeding season. Perform triumph ceremonies