Ashy Headed Goose
The Ashy Headed Goose can be found in the south of Chile and Argentina. They are found in the forested areas of the extreme south of South America mostly in wooded swamps and wetlands close to the Nothofagus beech forests.
The Ashy Headed Goose is undoubtedly a beautiful bird; the male and female have similar plumage but females are more often then not smaller in stature. An interesting feature is the leg colors which are black at the front and orange in the back.
Appearance: – The Ashy headed Goose has a grey head and upper neck, paler crown, white eye-ring, dark brown eyes, short black beak, chestnut lower neck and breast, grey back, black-barred white flanks, white abdomen, black tail and rump, primary wing feathers are black, secondaries are white and speculum is metallic green, and legs are black and orange. The female is similar but may have more barring on the underparts.
Size: – Typical Adult is 20-22 inches.
Food: – Leaves, sedges, seeds, and grasses.
Habitat: – Damp upland forest clearings, boggy meadows, and rough pasture in mountainous areas of southern Chile, south-western Argentina, southern Tierra del Fuego, and in the Falkland Islands. Winters in lowlands further north in Chile, and northern & eastern Argentina.
Breeding Season: – From October or November.
Eggs: – 4 to 6 (pale brown color).
Notes: – The Ashy headed Goose is a large Sheldgoose of the subfamily Tadorninae which usually graze on land in boggy meadows during the day, and can be seen at night roosting in trees. It occasionally nests in dead hollow trees.