Andean goose

Chloephaga melanoptera

The Andean goose is a member of the duck, goose and swan family Anatidae. It is also known as the ''wallata''. It is in the shelduck subfamily Tadorninae. It is resident around lakes and marshes in the high Andes, usually well above 3,000 m. It is largely terrestrial and avoids swimming except in emergencies.
A pair of Andean geese (Oressochen melanoptera) Laguna Tragadero, Jauja, Junín, Peru. Nov 21, 2020 Andean goose,Chloephaga melanoptera,Geotagged,Peru,Spring

Appearance

This heavily built bird has a tiny pink bill and white plumage except for black in the wings and tail. The female is similar to the male except that it is smaller.

Naming

Based on a molecular phylogenetic study published in 2014, some authorities place this species together with the Orinoco goose in the resurrected genus ''Oressochen''.

Reproduction

It nests on the ground in a bare scrape near water, laying 6–10 eggs. It is territorial in the breeding season, but otherwise forms small flocks.

Food

The Andean goose is a grazing species, eating grasses.

References:

Some text fragments are auto parsed from Wikipedia.

Status: Least concern
EX EW CR EN VU NT LC
Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionChordata
ClassAves
OrderAnseriformes
FamilyAnatidae
GenusChloephaga
SpeciesC. melanoptera
Photographed in
Peru