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Andean Goose

Observed: 25th July 2009 By: jetoscjetosc’s reputation in Birds
UAndean Goose
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jetosc's picture

Not at all sure

Looks similar to a Mallard having looked online, but not at all sure??

Carstairs's picture

not a duckling

Difficult one this, looking at the bill it looks more like a gosling, but what species I don't know. Perhaps some exotic species? What birds where near by?

cellis's picture


I wonder if could be an egyptian gosling?

Mike Cook's picture

Egyptian Goose, Shelduck and

Egyptian Goose, Shelduck and Ruddy Shelduck all seem to have downy young with a lot of white, but none seem to match the pattern of brown and white of this photo. I don't know how variable the pattern is.

Were there any adult ducks of geese in the area where the picture was taken?


Oops, I just realised that the picture is two years old.

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No other birds around. It was on its own, not a sight of any adult size bird.

CJT's picture


What about Andean Goose? WWT at Washington had goslings in 2008 and the photo's look very much like this.

Mike Cook's picture

Spot on!

Great, Cazza. I think you've cracked it. Check out this image on Flickr.

I was going through "Birds of the Western Palearctic" looking for a match, but you don't get many Andean Geese in Europe!

I've just looked at Google Earth and Wrightington is less than 7 miles from the WWT at Martin Mere, as the Andean Goose flies.

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Thanks Mike, I wasn't sure about the location but thought these two areas were quite close. Glad you could confirm it.

jetosc's picture

Sorry I'm VERY late to

Sorry I'm VERY late to respond. It is, given the information provided by you, an Andean Goose, (well gosling)!

Many thanks to you all!