The Upland Goose or Magellan Goose (Chloephaga picta) occurs naturally in South America, where they inhabit open grasslands
Magellan Geese measure 60-72.5 cm (24-29 in) in length and weigh about 2.7-3.2 kg (5.9-7 lbs).
Males can be identified by the white head and chest.
Females have a brown plumage with black-striped wings and yellow feet.
Similar Species: The female could be mistaken for Ruddy-headed Goose..
Diet / 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.
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