Magpie Goose

Anseranatidae

The sole living representative of this family is the Magpie Goose Anseranas semipalmata. It differs from the ducks, geese and swans of the family Anatidae by having only partially webbed toes. This large goose is widespread throughout coastal northern and eastern Australia, although some individuals, mostly younger birds, are seen quite long distances inland. It is also found in southern New Guinea.

Magpie Goose

Magpie Goose

What does it look like? The large, noisy Magpie Goose is readily recognised. The head and neck are black and there is a characteristic knobbed crown. The underparts are white with contrasting black margins on the underwing. The legs, feet and bill are orange. Where does it live?  The Magpie Goose is found throughout most of eastern and northern Australia, but more common in north. What are its ...