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15 Amaze-wing Facts About The Andean Goose For Kids

Discover about this bird by reading these Andean goose facts.

The Andean goose (Chloephaga melanoptera) is from the family Anatidae and is found in the Andes from Peru to Argentina range. The habitat that the Andean geese consist of grasslands and pastures and sometimes near water.

This bird is monogamous and the breeding season is from November to January. This species can be a solitary nester or may be found in loose and small flocks. The nest is just a shallow cavity in the ground. The nest might or might not be placed near water sources and is built with plant materials. 5-10 eggs are laid and the incubation period is a month longer and is done by females only, whereas, the males tend to stay around the area. Fledging takes place after about 12 weeks of hatching.

The build of this goose is heavy and has white plumage except for the wings and tail which are blackish in color. The head, neck, back, rump, and underparts of the adults are white in color. A few parts of the wings are also white in color. The primary feathers of the wings and tertials are shiny black in color. They have a pink bill which can be red-pinkish too in some individuals and is short. The male and female look similar, but the male is larger than a female. The young ones of the family are paler. The pink bill of this bird species makes it easy to spot this species.

This species has a vegetarian diet and the food consists of grasses, aquatic plants, and sedges. It is known to belong to the subfamily shelduck Tadorninae. A few predators of this bird species include foxes and raccoons.

It is very gripping to know more about this bird from the family Anatidae and if you are interested, read about nene goose and duck, too.

Andean Goose Interesting Facts

What type of animal is an Andean goose?

The Andean goose (Chloephaga melanoptera) is from the family of duck, swan, and goose.

What class of animal does an Andean goose belong to?

It is from the class of Aves of birds. It is believed that there are around 30 species of goose in the world.

How many Andean geese are there in the world?

There is no estimation available for the global population of the Andean goose (Chloephaga melanoptera).

Where does an Andean goose live?

As the name suggests, these birds live in the Andes from Peru to Argentina range and are known to be endemic to this range.

What is an Andean goose's habitat?

The types of habitat that these Andean geese inhabit include pastures and grasslands and are sometimes also found near water. There have been altitudinal movements recorded in large valleys and lowlands in snowy winters.

Who does Andean geese live with?

These birds can be spotted in pairs or small flocks and family groups.

How long does an Andean goose live?

The exact life expectancy of the Andean goose (Chloephaga melanoptera) is not known.

How do they reproduce?

The reproduction system of these birds is monogamous, that is, they mate for life or for several years continuously. The breeding season of this bird occurs from November to January, that is, austral spring. The Andean goose (Chloephaga melanoptera) is known to be a solitary nester or can be in loose groups. The nest is shallow and is a cavity in the ground. The nest can be near water or not and rock crevices are also used for nesting sometimes. The nest is built using plant materials. Around 5-10 eggs are laid and the incubation takes place for about one month and is done by a female, whereas, the male tends to be around the area. Fledging takes place after 12 weeks of hatching and sexual maturity is reached at three years of age.

What is their conservation status?

The Andean goose (Chloephaga melanoptera) is placed under the Least Concern category of conservation status.

Andean Goose Fun Facts

What does Andean goose look like?

This goose from the Andes range is a bulky one that has white plumage except for the wings and tail. The adult of this species has a white-colored head, neck, back, rump, and underparts. Even some parts of the wings are whitish in color. The primary feathers of the wings, coverts, and tertials are glossy blackish. The tail of this goose is black in color too. There is a white and black scaled effect on the scapulars. The bill of this goose is short and is red-pinkish in color. The eyes are dark brown and are surrounded by a pink eye-ring. The feet are webbed and the legs and feet are red-pinkish in color, too. Males and females have similar plumage, but the former is larger than the latter. The young ones are known to be paler than the adults. The head and neck of the juveniles are washed dull gray in color and the wings are also gray in color.

The white plumage and wings and tail of this species are some of its identifiable features.

How cute are they?

These birds are considered cute because of their white plumage.

How do they communicate?

Communication of the Andean goose (Chloephaga melanoptera) takes place through various sounds and calls produced, just like other species of birds.

How big is an Andean goose?

The length of these birds ranges from 27.5-31.5 in (70-80 cm). These birds are known to be larger than the African pygmy goose and snow goose. Geese are also known to be one of the largest waterfowls and this list includes swans, too.

How fast can an Andean goose fly?

The speed of flight of the Andean goose (Chloephaga melanoptera) is not known. Geese are known to fly in a V shape as it leads to a higher-flying range.

How much does an Andean goose weigh?

The weight of Andean geese is around 95-127 oz (2700-3600 g).

What are the male and female names of the species?

Males are referred to as a gander, whereas, a female is referred to as a goose.

What would you call a baby Andean goose?

A baby goose can be referred to as a gosling.

What do they eat?

The diet of these Andean geese is herbivorous and they tend to feed on aquatic plants, sedges, and grasses. The aquatic plants include nostoc, chara, lilaeopsis, and myriophyllum.

Are they dangerous?

The Andean geese are not considered dangerous. These geese, especially the males, tend to be territorial during the breeding season.

Would they make a good pet?

Not a lot is known about this goose as a pet and this goose species is not very popular as a pet. Some goose species might be raised like chickens for the purpose of meat and eggs.

Kidadl Advisory: All pets should only be bought from a reputable source. It is recommended that as a potential pet owner you carry out your own research prior to deciding on your pet of choice. Being a pet owner is very rewarding but it also involves commitment, time and money. Ensure that your pet choice complies with the legislation in your state and/or country. You must never take animals from the wild or disturb their habitat. Please check that the pet you are considering buying is not an endangered species, or listed on the CITES list, and has not been taken from the wild for the pet trade.

Did you know...

The Andean goose (Chloephaga melanoptera) is also referred to as wallata.

These geese of the Andes are known to be relatives of the shelduck from the subfamily Tadornidae and thus, it is also known to belong to this subfamily.

These geese species are known to be extremely terrestrial and tend to swim only when required or in an emergency.

Geese are known to possess the ability to independently control their eyes. They tend to have great visual capabilities and can also see UV light.

Similar to human fingertips and palms, the bill of goose is sensitive and known to have touch receptors.

Small flocks of geese are referred to as gaggles.

Certain predators of goose include snapping turtle, raccoon, and fox.

How many eggs do Andean geese lay?

This goose species is known to lay about 5-10 eggs and the nest is shallow and just a cavity in the ground.

Do Andean geese migrate?

This goose species is considered to be non-migratory.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other birds from our magpie fun facts and hawk interesting facts pages.

You can even occupy yourself at home by coloring in one of our free printable birds of prey coloring pages.

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