Upland Goose

Upland Goose
Upland Goose
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Subfamily: Tadorninae
Genus: Chloephaga
Species: C. picta
Binomial name
Chloephaga picta
(Gmelin, 1789)
  • C. p. picta (Gmelin, 1789),
    (Lesser Magellan Goose)
  • C. p. leucoptera (Gmelin, 1789),
    <(Greater Magellan Goose)

Foetopterus ambiguus
Moreno & Mercerat, 1891

The Upland Goose or Magellan Goose (Chloephaga picta) is a South American member of the duck, goose and swan family Anatidae.[1] It is in the shelduck subfamily Tadorninae. Males have a white head and breast, whereas the females are brown with black-striped wings and yellow feet, and could be mistaken for Ruddy-headed Geese. These birds are 60–72.5 centimetres (24–28.5 in) long and weigh 2.7–3.2 kilograms (6.0–7.1 lb).[2] They are found in open grasslands.

Upland geese in Santa Cruz, Argentina

Upland Geese are noted in Chapter VI of The Origin of Species for having vestigial webbing between their toes.


  1. ^ a b BirdLife International (2004). Chloephaga picta. 2006. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2006. www.iucnredlist.org. Retrieved on 11 May 2006.
  2. ^ http://wildpro.twycrosszoo.org/S/0AvAnserif/anatidae/1ACrAvAn_chloephaga/Chloephaga_picta/Chloephaga_picta.htm

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