Thursday, 9 July 2015

The Spur-Winged Goose

Spur Winged Goose in Tsavo East Kenya

The Spur winged Goose (Plectropterus gambensis) is one of the largest waterbirds found in Kenya's fresh water systems with an average height of 110cm and wingspan of 200cm.

One of the most easily identifiable of all goose species, it has a pied appearance consisting of pinkish red beak and legs, white face and white underbelly, while the remainder of its body is black, hence making it stand out in contrast compared to most other water birds. The male differs from the female not just in size, but he also has a large red knob on the forehead. The Spur-Winged goose makes a relatively soft hiccuping call which can be heard below:

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