Ashy-headed Goose Chloephaga poliocephala


The Ashy-headed Goose is one of a number of attractive members of the genus Chloephaga that inhabit southern South America.  This species tends to be found closer to forested areas than the Upland Goose or the strictly coastal Kelp Goose.  In flight these geese have blackish wings with a bold white leading and trailing patch that makes the species instantly recognizable as Chloephaga sheldgeese.  Males and females are similar, showing a white lower belly with dark flank barring, chestnut chest and nape, and gray upper neck and head.

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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Ashy-headed Goose (Chloephaga poliocephala), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: