The Blue-winged Goose (Cyanochen cyanoptera) is a waterfowl that occurs naturally in Ethiopia - which is located in the Horn of Africa (the easternmost part of the African landmass).
This is a stocky grey-brown bird measures about 70 centimetres (28 in) in length.
It has a slightly paler head and upper neck. It has a small black bill and black legs.
In flight, the pale blue forewing can be seen.
Males and females look alike.
Immature birds have a thick and loose plumage, which has been described as "furlike."
The Blue-winged Goose is a quiet species, but both sexes may give a soft whistle; it does not honk or cackle like the true geese.
The habitats of the Blue-winged Goose are primarily rivers, freshwater lakes, swamps, freshwater marshes, water storage areas, and subtropical or tropical high-altitude shrubland or grassland.
It feeds by grazing, and is apparently largely nocturnal, loafing during the day. It can swim and fly well, but this terrestrial bird is reluctant to do either, and is quite approachable. It forms flocks outside the breeding season.
It breeds by mountain lakes and streams. This little-known species is believed to build a lined nest amongst grass tussocks, and to lay 6-7 eggs.
Diet / Feeding:
Blue-winged Geese feed by grazing, and seem to be largely nocturnal, loafing during the day.
Ducks and geese generally feed on larvae and pupae usually found under rocks, aquatic animals, plant material, seeds, small fish, snails and crabs.
Feeding Ducks and Geese ...
We all enjoy waterfowl and many of us offer them food to encourage them to come over and stay around - and it works! Who doesn't like an easy meal!
However, 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. Also, there may be local laws against feeding this species of bird - so it's best to check on that rather than facing consequences at a later stage.
Please note that feeding ducks and geese makes them dependent on humans for food, which can result in starvation and possibly death when those feedings stop. If you decide to feed them, please limit the quantity to make sure that they maintain their natural ability to forage for food themselves - providing, of course, that natural food sources are available.
- Click here to find out which foods to feed them that will offer the nutrition they need to survive a cold winter and remain healthy
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