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Anseranas semipalmata (Magpie-Goose; Magpie Goose)

Wikipedia Abstract

The magpie goose (Anseranas semipalmata) is a waterbird species found in coastal northern Australia and savannah in southern New Guinea. It is a unique member of the order Anseriformes, and arranged in a family and genus distinct from all other living waterfowl. The magpie goose is a resident breeder in northern Australia and in southern New Guinea. The species was once also widespread in southern Australia, but disappeared from there largely due to the drainage of the wetlands where the birds once bred.
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EDGE Analysis

Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 62.6757
EDGE Score: 4.1538


Clutch Size [7]  7
Clutches / Year [2]  1
Fledging [2]  81 days
Incubation [6]  28 days
Mating Display [3]  Ground display
Mating System [3]  Monogamy
Maximum Longevity [2]  32 years
Snout to Vent Length [2]  30 inches (75 cm)
Water Biome [1]  Coastal
Wing Span [6]  4.756 feet (1.45 m)
Adult Weight [2]  5.331 lbs (2.418 kg)
Birth Weight [3]  128 grams
Female Weight [5]  4.566 lbs (2.071 kg)
Male Weight [5]  6.098 lbs (2.766 kg)
Weight Dimorphism [5]  33.6 %
Diet [4]  Granivore, Herbivore
Diet - Plants [4]  70 %
Diet - Seeds [4]  30 %
Forages - Ground [4]  60 %
Forages - Water Surface [4]  40 %
Female Maturity [2]  2 years
Male Maturity [2]  4 years


Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Riverland Biosphere Reserve Ia 1490891 South Australia, Australia
Shoalwater and Corio Bays Area Ramsar Site   Queensland, Australia
Wasur-Rawa Biru National Park 605464 Papua, Indonesia  

Important Bird Areas

Name Location  IBA Criteria   Website   Climate   Land Use 
Adelaide and Mary River Floodplains Australia A1, A2, A3, A4i  

Biodiversity Hotspots

Name Location Endemic Species Website
New Zealand New Zealand No

Prey / Diet


Canis lupus dingo (domestic dog)[9]
Haliastur sphenurus (Whistling Kite)[6]


Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Range Map



External References



Attributes / relations provided by
1Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2006. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed February 01, 2010 at
2Nathan P. Myhrvold, Elita Baldridge, Benjamin Chan, Dhileep Sivam, Daniel L. Freeman, and S. K. Morgan Ernest. 2015. An amniote life-history database to perform comparative analyses with birds, mammals, and reptiles. Ecology 96:3109
3Terje Lislevand, Jordi Figuerola, and Tamás Székely. 2007. Avian body sizes in relation to fecundity, mating system, display behavior, and resource sharing. Ecology 88:1605
4Hamish 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
5Marchant, S.; Higgins, PJ (eds.) 1990. The handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic birds, Vol. 1., ratites to ducks. Oxford University Press, Melbourne
6del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.
7Jetz W, Sekercioglu CH, Böhning-Gaese K (2008) The Worldwide Variation in Avian Clutch Size across Species and Space PLoS Biol 6(12): e303. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0060303
8Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
99.1 Dingo, Canis lupus dingo, L.K. Corbett, Sillero-Zubiri, C., Hoffmann, M. and Macdonald, D.W. (eds). 2004. Canids: Foxes, Wolves, Jackals and Dogs. Status Survey and Conservation Action Plan. IUCN/SSC Canid Specialist Group. Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK. x + 430 pp.
10Species Interactions of Australia Database, Atlas of Living Australia, Version ala-csv-2012-11-19
11Gibson, 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
Abstract provided by DBpedia licensed under a Creative Commons License