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Green Pigmy Goose
Photo: C & D Frith  
Australian Tropical Birds

GREEN PYGMY-GOOSE: Nettapus pulchellus 33 cm 

  • The 'Green Pygmy Goose' is a small green backed duck with a dark cap and heavily scalloped underparts. The male has a green neck, darker head and large white cheek patch on the face  while the female has a whiter face and an eye stripe.

  • 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 Lodges the Green Pygmy-goose occurs most regularly at Tinaroo Dam.  It is more numerous around Mareeba.

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