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Plectropterus gambensis (Spur-winged Goose)

Wikipedia Abstract

The spur-winged goose (Plectropterus gambensis) is a large bird in the family Anatidae, related to the geese and the shelducks, but distinct from both of these in a number of anatomical features, and therefore treated in its own subfamily, the Plectropterinae. It occurs in wetlands throughout sub-Saharan Africa.
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Plectropterus gambensis gambensis (Gambia spur-winged goose)
Plectropterus gambensis niger (Black spur-winged goose)

EDGE Analysis

Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 8.52367
EDGE Score: 2.25378


Adult Weight [1]  11.905 lbs (5.40 kg)
Birth Weight [2]  140 grams
Female Weight [4]  9.645 lbs (4.375 kg)
Male Weight [4]  11.905 lbs (5.40 kg)
Weight Dimorphism [4]  23.4 %
Diet [3]  Piscivore, Frugivore, Granivore, Herbivore
Diet - Fish [3]  10 %
Diet - Fruit [3]  10 %
Diet - Plants [3]  60 %
Diet - Seeds [3]  20 %
Forages - Ground [3]  90 %
Forages - Water Surface [3]  10 %
Clutch Size [5]  9
Clutches / Year [1]  1
Fledging [1]  75 days
Incubation [4]  31 days
Mating System [2]  Polygyny
Maximum Longevity [6]  11 years
Snout to Vent Length [1]  35 inches (88 cm)
Speed [7]  88.225 MPH (39.44 m/s)


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Attributes / relations provided by
1Nathan 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
2Terje Lislevand, Jordi Figuerola, and Tamás Székely. 2007. Avian body sizes in relation to fecundity, mating system, display behavior, and resource sharing. Ecology 88:1605
3Hamish 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
4del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.
5A comparative study of egg mass and clutch size in the Anseriformes, Jordi Figuerola and Andy J. Green, J Ornithol (2006) 147: 57–68
6de Magalhaes, J. P., and Costa, J. (2009) A database of vertebrate longevity records and their relation to other life-history traits. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22(8):1770-1774
7Alerstam T, Rosén M, Bäckman J, Ericson PGP, Hellgren O (2007) Flight Speeds among Bird Species: Allometric and Phylogenetic Effects. PLoS Biol 5(8): e197. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0050197
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.
9Gibson, 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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