Spur-Winged Goose

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Spur-Winged Goose

 

(Plectropterus gambensis), a bird of the order Anseriformes. The male measures about 1 meter in length and weighs up to 8 kg; the female is somewhat smaller. On the fold of the wing is a blunt, horny spur (hence the name). The plumage is white with black; there is a violet-green iridescence on the back and wings. The naked outgrowth on the forehead and bill is red. The spur-winged goose is distributed in Africa, south of the Sahara. It keeps to riverbanks and large swamps. It nests in reed thickets, on termite nests, among stones, or in the burrows of aardvarks. The clutch contains seven to 12 white eggs. The spur-winged goose is a game bird.

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