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Cyanochen cyanoptera (Blue-winged Goose)

Synonyms: Cyanochen cyanopterus

Wikipedia Abstract

The blue-winged goose (Cyanochen cyanoptera) is a waterfowl species which is endemic to Ethiopia. It is the only member of the genus Cyanochen.
View Wikipedia Record: Cyanochen cyanoptera

EDGE Analysis

Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 5.77016
EDGE Score: 3.29882


Adult Weight [1]  3.96 lbs (1.80 kg)
Birth Weight [1]  52 grams
Female Weight [3]  3.35 lbs (1.52 kg)
Male Weight [1]  4.81 lbs (2.18 kg)
Weight Dimorphism [1]  54.1 %
Diet [2]  Carnivore (Invertebrates), Carnivore (Vertebrates), Herbivore
Diet - Ectothermic [2]  10 %
Diet - Invertibrates [2]  10 %
Diet - Plants [2]  80 %
Forages - Ground [2]  80 %
Forages - Water Surface [2]  20 %
Clutch Size [4]  8
Incubation [1]  32 days


Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Ethiopian montane forests Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Sudan Afrotropic Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests
Ethiopian montane grasslands and woodlands Ethiopia, Eritrea Afrotropic Montane Grasslands and Shrublands
Ethiopian montane moorlands Ethiopia Afrotropic Montane Grasslands and Shrublands

Important Bird Areas

BirdLife Species Factsheet: View Factsheet
Name Location  IBA Criteria   Website   Climate   Land Use 
Ankober: Debre Sina escarpment Ethiopia A1, A2, A3
Awi Zone Ethiopia A1, A3
Bale Mountains National Park Ethiopia A1, A3, A4i
Berga floodplain Ethiopia A1, A3, A4i
Finchaa and Chomen swamps Ethiopia A1, A3
Gefersa reservoir Ethiopia A1, A3, A4i
Guassa (Menz) Ethiopia A1, A3, A4i
Gudo plain Ethiopia A1, A3, A4i
Jibat forest Ethiopia A1, A3
Metu: Gore: Tepi forests Ethiopia A1, A3
Sululta plain Ethiopia A1, A3, A4i

Biodiversity Hotspots

Name Location Endemic Species Website
Eastern Afromontane Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Tanzania, Uganda, Yemen, Zimbabwe Yes


Parasitized by 
Fimbriaria fasciolaris[5]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Africa Alive!
Akron Zoological Park
Blackbrook Zoological Park
Bronx Zoo/Wildlife Conservat'n Society
Caldwell Zoo
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
Cologne Zoo
Denver Zoological Gardens
Lotherton Bird Garden
Martin Mere Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust
Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo
Palm Beach Zoo at Dreher Park
Rome Zoo-Fondazione Bioparco di Roma
San Antonio Zoological Gardens & Aquar
San Diego Wild Animal Park
Sedgwick County Zoo
Slimbridge New Grounds W&WTrust
Tilgate Nature Centre
Washington Waterfowl Park W&WT
Zoo de Fuengirola (Rain Forest SL)
Zoo de Santillana y Parque Cuaternario
Zoo Santo Inácio Vila Nova de Gaia
Zoo Zürich
Zoologicka zahrada Ostrava
Zoologicka Garden & Chateau Zlin-Lesna
Zoologická a botanická zahrada Plzen
Zoologischer Garten Wuppertal

Range Map




Attributes / relations provided by
1del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.
2Hamish Wilman, Jonathan Belmaker, Jennifer Simpson, Carolina de la Rosa, Marcelo M. Rivadeneira, and Walter Jetz. 2014. EltonTraits 1.0: Species-level foraging attributes of the world's birds and mammals. Ecology 95:2027
3Rohwer, FC (1988) Inter- and intraspecific relationships between egg size and clutch size in waterfowl. Auk 105: 161-176
4A comparative study of egg mass and clutch size in the Anseriformes, Jordi Figuerola and Andy J. Green, J Ornithol (2006) 147: 57–68
5Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
Biodiversity Hotspots provided by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
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Abstract provided by DBpedia licensed under a Creative Commons License
Weather provided by NOAA METAR Data Access