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Cape Barren Goose

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Cereopsis n. novaehollandiae

Distribution:

Islands off southern Australia, migrating to the mainland in summer.

Habitat:

Shallow water, swamps, lagoons and estuaries.

Diet:

Strictly a grazer of plants.

Nest:

A mound of plant matter with a hollow, thickly lined with down and slightly elevated on, or beside, grass tussock.

Eggs:

Four to five eggs incubated over 35 days.

Chicks:

Chicks fledge at 6 weeks.

Predators:

Humans

Conservation status:

Common

General:

The Cape Barren goose was introduced to New Zealand during the 1900s, but the colonies died out in the 1940s.  Recent birds are self-introduced and numbers are slowly recovering - estimated now at 6000 in the wild.


The call of the Cape Barren goose is a low grunt that sounds just like a pig!  The male also produces a "honk" sound.


These geese can be very aggressive towards each other and humans in defence of their breeding territories.