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 Avidiversity  AVITOPIA - Magpie Geese

Scientific system: Clements et al.

Familia: Anseranatidae

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The only species of the family of the Magpie geese occurs only in northern Australia and southern New Guinea, but is not sedentary, instead tends to migrate. Their body length is between 70 cm and 90 cm. Magpie geese are very similar to true geese, but the anatomical differences are so great that they have received the rank of a family of their own. Among other things, the webs between toes are relatively small. In addition, the moult takes place gradually, so that there are no flightless periods. Their habitat are swamps and floodplains with fluctuating water levels. Their diet consists almost entirely of plants. Magpie geese are polygamous, in this family the males regularly pair permanently with two females. They form large colonies and build large floating nests in which clutches of up to 10 eggs are laid. The young hatch after 23 to 25 days and are fully fledged after 11 weeks.


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