Cape Barren Goose

Cereopsis n. novaehollandiae

cape barren goose

Distribution:

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

Habitat:

Shallow water, swamps, lagoons and estuaries.

Diet:

Strictly a grazer of plants.

Gestation:

They nest in a mound of plant matter with a hollow, thickly lined with down and slightly elevated on, or beside, grass tussock. They lay four to five eggs incubated over 35 days. Chicks fledge at six 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.