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Geese: Collorosso Goose

Geese: Collorosso Goose


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Spread and habitat

Goose native to Siberia. It is also widespread in northern Asia and Eastern Europe. It is included in the CITES list which regulates the keeping of endangered species. It nests along vegetation-rich waterways. Monogamous species. It adapts well to life in captivity also with other bird species, even if its breeding must be reported to the State Forestry Corps.

Morphological characteristics

It has no sexual dimorphism.
The plumage has three distinctly distinct colors: brick red, black and white which make the Egyptian Goose one of the most beautiful and colorful in the world.
The beak is black and the legs leaden gray.
Young specimens are similar to adults but have softer colors.
Size 50-55 cm.

Nutrition and behavior

The diet is mainly based on herbs, grains and seeds. In captivity it must be fed with flour feed, supplemented with seeds and fresh vegetables. Couples remain fixed throughout their lives. The females lay 4-5 eggs in nests placed on the ground and stuffed with straw and duvet. The brooding (once a year) lasts about a month during which the male watches the nest. As soon as the babies are born, they follow their parents in the water and looking for food.

Goose Collorosso - Branta ruficollis (photo www.arthurgrosset.com)


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