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Kelp Goose Chloephaga hybrida

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  • Kelp Goose female and male
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The Kelp Goose is a striking species of coastal areas of southern Chile and Argentina.  They are strikingly sexually dimorphic - adult males are all white while females are fancier, with brown backs and white bars on black underparts and an iridescent green wing bar.  Both sexes show intensely yellow legs.  The species forages on kelp along rocky shores in pairs and rarely forms larger flocks like other species of South American sheldgeese.

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  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-breeding

Recommended Citation

Kelp Goose (Chloephaga hybrida), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/kelgoo1