The Andean Goose is a bulky goose with white plumage overall, except on wings and tail.
Adult has white head, neck, underparts, back, rump and most parts of wings. The wings show glossy black primary flight feathers, great coverts and tertials. Tail is black too. Scapulars have black and white scaled effect.
The short bill is pinkish-red with black nail. Eyes are dark brown surrounded by narrow pink eye-ring. Legs and webbed feet are pinkish-red.
Both sexes of the Andean Goose have similar plumage, but male is larger than female.
The juvenile is duller than adults, with head and neck washed pale grey, and duller and greyer wings and tail.
Appearance: – The Andean Goose is a bulky goose with mainly white plumage except for black in the wings and black tail, a short pink beak with black tip, dark brown eyes, and orange-red legs and webbed feet. Both sexes are alike but the male is slightly larger.
Size: – Typical Adult is 29-31 inches.
Food: – Aquatic plants, sedges, and mainly grazing on grasses.
Habitat: – Around wetlands, marshlands, lakes and grasslands in the high Andes (above 3000m) of Peru and central Argentina. Winters in lower altitudes of the Andes.
Breeding Season: – November to January.
Eggs: – 6 to 10 (off-white color).
Notes: – The Andean Goose belongs to the Shelduck subfamily Tadorninae, and is usually found in groups grazing near water at very high altitudes in the Andes. They do not swim very well and prefer to be on land, only taking to water when threatened.