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Chobe River, Left Bank


Make Canon EOS 7D
Lens Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM   at 640 mm
Exposure 1/1250 s, f/5.7, ISO 400 
Image size 800 x 534 pixels

IOC Names

Deutsch  Sporngans Dutch  Spoorwiekgans
Italian  Oca armata Spanish  Ganso Espolonado


The Spur-winged Goose is a large bird in the family Anatidae, related to geese and shelducks, but anatomically distinct from both. It is therefore placed in its own subfamily, the Plectropterinae. Its name comes from the spur on the bend of its wing which the bird uses to defend its territory. It is the largest African waterfowl and, on average, the world's largest wild "goose".


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Spur-winged Goose female
Plectropterus gambensis
Oie-armée de Gambie