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Orinoco Goose

Neochen jubata


A medium sized goose in the shelduck sub family. Pale white to grey head, neck and upper breast. Belly and flanks are a dark chestnut brown, wings and tail a dark green/black. A white vent and bright rose/red legs and feet. Bill is also black with a red lower mandible. Sexes are alike.


Once widespread, these birds are becoming increasingly rare and are listed as near threatened globally. In Peru they are now considered rare and generally only found in the more remote drainage of the Rio Madre de Dios. I saw this pair beside the river on a sand bar. In the whole trip I only saw 3 pairs which is very sad.


As is increasingly the case, these once common birds are under enormous pressure both from hunting and habitat destruction.

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triggsturner 2 years ago

Thank you for your comment and support Rach.

remkinloch 2 years ago

I agree with Sukanya, very regal looking for a goose. A great spotting

triggsturner 2 years ago

Thank you Sukanya. Of the few I saw, most were very shy. Got reasonably close to this one from a small river craft but the moment it figured out what was going on it took off.

SukanyaDatta 2 years ago

So stately looking...very formal good looks...a new species for me. Thank you.

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Madre de Dios, Madre de Dios, Peru

Spotted on Jun 26, 2017
Submitted on Sep 8, 2017

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