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Magpie goose

Taken in Lorikeet Landing at the Cincinnati Zoo. Photo by Zak Handel.

The magpie goose (Anseranas semipalmata) is unusual among waterfowl. Unlike true geese that have webbed feet, the magpie goose has feet that are only partially webbed with long, clawed toes. It is also the only water bird that often forms a mating trio, one male with two females.

FactsEdit

  • Where to see them: Northern Australia, New Guinea
  • Length: 2.5 to 2.9 ft
  • Weight: Up to 6.5 lb
  • Habitat: Wetlands
  • Diet: Aquatic plants