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Kelp Geese

Chloephaga hybrida


Spotted this family of kelp geese in the Beagle Channel in Ushuaia, Argentina. The male is all white and the female is brown. They have huge yellow feet. The juvenile appears to be female.


Beagle Channel, Ushuaia, Argentina.


The Kelp Goose is a striking species of coastal areas of southern Chile and Argentina. They are strikingly sexually dimorphic - adult males are all white while females are fancier, with brown backs and white bars on black underparts and an iridescent green wing bar. Both sexes show intensely yellow legs. The species forages on kelp along rocky shores in pairs and rarely forms larger flocks like other species of South American sheldgeese. Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Neotropical Birds

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misako 5 years ago

Thank you Maria dB!

Maria dB
Maria dB 5 years ago

Only the third spotting of the species on Noah. Especially like the fourth photo!

misako 5 years ago

Thank you Hema Shah--it was nice to get a photo of them together.

Hema 5 years ago

such a pretty pair!

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Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina

Spotted on Jan 25, 2015
Submitted on Feb 5, 2015

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