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Andean Goose (Chloephaga melanoptera) - Wiki
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Andean Goose (Chloephaga melanoptera) - Wiki

Andean Goose
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Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Subfamily: Tadorninae

[Photo] Andean Goose (Chloephaga melanoptera) at Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands Centre, Gloucestershire, England. Date: July 2003. Author: Adrian Pingstone ( Public domain by the author.

The Andean Goose, Chloephaga melanoptera, is a member of the duck, goose and swan family Anatidae. It is in the shelduck subfamily Tadorninae.

It is resident around lakes and marshes in the high Andes, usually well above 3000 m. It is largely terrestrial and avoids swimming except in emergencies.

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

The Andean Goose is a grazing species, eating various grasses. 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.
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