Magpie Goose (Anseranas semipalmata)
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Order: Anseriformes — ducks, geese, swans, screamers, waterfowl
Family: Anseranatidae — Magpie Goose
Species: Anseranas semipalmata — Magpie Goose
|Distribution & Status||Behavior & Ecology|
Populations in the Wild
|Reproduction & Development||Species Highlights|
Weight at Hatching
Age at Fledging
Typical Life Expectancy
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We are grateful to Dr. Peter Bayliss for providing exceptional expert content review of this fact sheet.
Dr. Bayliss has been conducting research on the Magpie Goose and other coastal animals in Australia for over 40 years. He has extensively studied Magpie Geese in tropical northern Australia, conducting studies of abundance and distribution, breeding ecology, and the impacts of sea level rise and harvest practices.
Dr. Bayliss’ work as a natural resources manager focuses on marine, coastal, and freshwater ecosystems. He holds diverse experience and expertise in wildlife ecology, wetlands monitoring, aerial surveys and ecological modeling, fisheries, climate change analysis, and community participation (particularly Aboriginal communities) in natural resource management.
Dr. Bayliss is Principal Research Scientist at CSIRO, Australia’s premier national science institute.
Many thanks to Suzy Carey, Senior Bird Keeper at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, for sharing her knowledge of Magpie Goose husbandry for the Managed Care section of this fact sheet.
Thank you to Dr. Zhonglou Sun of Anhui University, China, for providing clarification and additional references on the evolution of Anseriformes.