Cape Barren Goose

Cape Barren Goose, pair of geese walking along grassy openingWhat does it look like? The Cape Barren Goose is an unmistakable large pale grey goose with bright yellowish cere and dark pink legs. Both sexes are similar and younger birds have an all grey bill and bluish-grey legs.

Where does it live? Today the species is widespread throughout southern Australia, but in the 1950s it was considered to be close to extinction, and are still one of the world’s rarest geese, but the species was introduced to various locations (including Maria Island) in an effort to increase numbers and today it is considered safe.

What are its habitats and habits? It inhabits tussock grasslands and pasture, where it feeds on grasses and herbs and nests on the ground within a small aggressively-defended territory. The male builds the nest on the ground and lines it with down.

Scientific name: Cereopsis novaehollandiae

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