Magpie Goose

Zoo Location: Wetland
 Magpie Goose

Swamps and flood plains.

Wild Diet

Plant material and seeds.


The females have the same colouring as the males but they are smaller. The bill is long and straight and the head featherless back to the eyes. When foraging for food they graze and dig, bending down tall grasses with their feet in order to reach seeds.


Although it perches in trees, the magpie goose nests on the ground. They lay 5-11 eggs in a nest in vegetation. They incubate the eggs for 23-25 days. The species is also unique among waterfowl in that the parents feed the young bill-to-bill rather than placing the food in the nest.


This is species is classified as being of Least Concern.

 Magpie Goose  Magpie Goose


  • Latin Name: Anseranas semipalmata
  • Class: Birds
  • Order: Anseriformes
  • Family: Anatidae
  • Conservation status: Least Concern
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