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Photo by RMD
Nhulunbuy, Northern Territory, Australia, November 2005
Anseranas semipalmata


Male 75–90 cm (29½-35½ in); female 70–80 cm (27½-31½ in)

  • Black and white plumage
  • Yellow legs
  • White plumage often stained
  • Distinct knob on older birds (variable in size)
  • Hooked bill
  • Face skin yellow or flesh colour
  • Partly webbed feet


Photo by Ken Doy
Sandy Camp Rd Wetlands, Queensland, Australia, December 2016

Coastal northern Australia and Trans-Fly savanna of southern New Guinea

Occasionally found as far south as Victoria


This is a monotypic species[1] and the only member of its genus.


Rush and sedge dominated swamps, flood plains of tropical rivers and rice crops.


It is fairly sedentary apart from some movement during the dry season.

Unlike true geese, the moult is gradual, and there is no flightless period.


Generally polygamous, usually with two females, they all incubate the eggs and raise the young.

They nest is on the ground; a typical clutch is 5-14 eggs.

They breed in colonies.

After the breeding season they join together in large noisy flocks.


They are vegetarian, their diet consisting of grass, seeds, rhizomes and bulbs.


Call: a loud honk.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved December 2016)
  3. The Beauty of Birds

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