Saturday, Nov 22, 2014

Chloephaga: Sheldgeese

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Kelp Geese - Male (White) and  Female (Dark Plumage) - Chloephaga hybrida


Kelp Goose - Female - Chloephaga hybridaChloephaga is the sheldgeese genus in the bird family Anatidae.


Species


Ashy-headed GooseRuddy-headed Goose (Chloephaga rubidiceps) Andean Goose



Magellan or Upland GeeseDiet / Feeding:

Geese feed mainly on plant material. When feeding in water, they submerge their heads and necks to reach aquatic plants, sometimes tipping forward like a dabbling duck. Flocks of these birds often feed on leftover cultivated grains in fields, especially during migration or in winter.

Ducks and geese generally feed on larvae and pupae usually found under rocks, aquatic animals, plant material, seeds, small fish, snails and crabs.

Feeding Ducks and Geese ...

We all enjoy waterfowl and many of us offer them food to encourage them to come over and stay around - and it works! Who doesn't like an easy meal!

However, the foods that we traditionally feed them at local ponds are utterly unsuitable for them and are likely to cause health problems down the road. Also, there may be local laws against feeding this species of bird - so it's best to check on that rather than facing consequences at a later stage.

Please note that feeding ducks and geese makes them dependent on humans for food, which can result in starvation and possibly death when those feedings stop. If you decide to feed them, please limit the quantity to make sure that they maintain their natural ability to forage for food themselves - providing, of course, that natural food sources are available.



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