Waterfowl Commonly Seen in Practice

African goose

African Goose

The exact origin of the African goose is unclear, however this breed is related to the Chinese goose and may have come from China.

This massive bird has a heavy body, large head, thick neck, stout bill, and a smooth, crescent-shaped, cream-colored dewlap that hangs from the lower jaw and upper neck. The mature bird has a large knob attached to its forehead, which requires several years to develop. Body feathers are ash brown edged with a lighter shade. African geese are also quite long. Their relatively erect posture allow birds to achieve a height of 0.9 m (3 ft). Show birds can reach a weight of 11.8 kg (26 lb), however the mature gander averages 10 kg (22 lb), while a mature goose (female) averages 8.2 kg (18 lb).

African geese can withstand considerable cold weather but need shelter to protect their knobs from frostbite. Knobs that have developed frostbite often develop orange patches that usually disappear by fall.

Image by Zyada.


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