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Yellow Water, Kakadu National Park


Make Nikon D1X
Lens Nikkor AF VR 80-400 mm f/4.5-5.6D   at 600 mm
Exposure 1/1250 s, f/5.6, ISO 400 
Image size 800 x 533 pixels

IOC Names

Order  Anseriformes   Family  Anseranatidae

Deutsch  Spaltfußgans Dutch  Ekstergans
Italian  Oca gazza Spanish  Ganso Urraco


The Magpie Goose has been given the rank of the Anseranatidae family because of its primitive characteristics. In contrast to other Anseriformes, the Magpie Goose has barely webbed feet and its toes are very long, making it easy to perch in small branches. Its legs are so long that they extend beyond its tail, a feature unique among waterfowl. The male makes a nest with two females and all three cooperate in building it, incubating the eggs and rearing the young. The latter are fed bill-to-bill; other waterfowl place the food in the nest. The male is recognized by the dome on its head, as shown in the photo.

Magpie Goose


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Magpie Goose male
Anseranas semipalmata
Canaroie semipalmée

Jean-Michel PAULUS