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Upland Goose

Chloephaga picta leucoptera

Description:

One of the more conspicuous birds of the Falklands, very widespread. About 75cm tall, and actually belongs to the sheldgoose-shelduck family. Highly sexually dimorphic, with the male having the white and black plumage, and the female brown and grey. They can aggregate into groups, with a couple of males and several females. I also observed one of these males in a group fighting off a lone male that came close to his females. The subspecies leucoptera is found only in the Falklands.

Habitat:

Prefers short grassland for feeding, but will find longer grasses to nest in. I saw them all over Stanley and the surrounding areas, very common.

Notes:

Very common birds in the Falklands, these particular pictures were taken in Whalebone Cove, on my way to see penguins in Gypsy Cove.

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1 Comment

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 7 years ago

So glad to have you back, Laura! Beautiful! I love the hint of green on their wings!

LauraMaria
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LauraMaria

Falkland Islands

Spotted on Jan 7, 2013
Submitted on Feb 18, 2013

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