The Magellan Goose feed mainly on plant material. When feeding in water, they submerge their heads and necks to reach aquatic plants, sometimes tipping forward like a dabbling duck. Flocks of these birds often feed on leftover cultivated grains in fields, especially during migration or in winter. Ducks and geese generally feed on larvae and pupae usually found under rocks, aquatic animals, plant material, seeds, small fish, snails and crabs. The foods that we traditionally feed them at local ponds are utterly unsuitable for them and are likely to cause health problems down the road.
Male – The male has a white head, neck, and breast with black barred underparts, the eyes are dark brown and the short beak is black, the flanks and shoulders are also barred, the rear upper-parts are grey, and the tail is black, the wings are dark grey and white with an iridescent green speculum, and the legs and feet are black.
Female – The female is chestnut colored with black barring on the breast, under-parts, and flanks. The female has yellow legs and feet.
Size: – Typical Adult is 24-29 inches.
Food: – Aquatic plants, leaves, stems, seeds, sedges, berries and likes to graze on grasses.
Habitat: – Pastures, grassy plains, rivers, and streams in southern South America and the Falkland Islands.
Breeding Season: – October – November in South America, and September – October in Falkland Islands.
Eggs: – 5 to 8 (creamy buff color).
Notes: – There are two sub-species of this goose or Upland Goose called the Lesser Magellan Goose and the Greater Magellan Goose which have a slightly different plumage. This Goose is part of the Shelduck subfamily Tadorninae.