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GREEN PYGMY-GOOSE


Photo: C & D Frith  
Australian Tropical Birds

GREEN PYGMY-GOOSE
Nettapus pulchellus 33 cm 

    The Green Pygmy-Goose is a small duck that occurs mainly in tropical Australia.

     It inhabits permanent freshwaters that support floating vegetation such as waterlilies.

     The waterplants provide the principal food items, mainly leaves, seeds and even flowerheads.

     They form monogamous pairs and the males fight frequently to repulse rivals.  Sustained  
       physical contact is more common than in any other Australian waterfowl.

     The eggs are often laid high in a tree hollow, but the nest may be placed on the ground when 
       trees are absent.

          Near Chambers Wildlife Rainforest Lodge the Green Pygmy-goose occurs most regularly at 
       Tinaroo Dam.  It is more numerous around Mareeba.

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