Facts about this animal
The blue-winged goose is a medium-sized sheldgoose with a body weight of about 1.5 kg.
4-9 creamish-coloured eggs are laid and incubated for 30-34 days by the female alone.
The blue-winged goose is a largely nocturnal species. It feeds on grasses and other green parts of various plants; insects and small reptiles
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that, during courtship, the male struts around the female, his head bent over his back, and his bill pointed skywards or behind him? Such posture exposes his blue wing patch. He communicates with the female with a barely audible whistle "wnee-whu-whu-whu-whu-whu-whu-whu".
|Name (Scientific)||Cyanochen cyanoptera|
|Name (English)||Blue-winged Goose|
|Name (French)||Ouette à ailes bleues|
|Name (Spanish)||Ganso aliazul|
|CITES Status||Not listed|
|CMS Status||Appendix II (as Anatidae spp.)|
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|Range||Highlands of Ethiopia|
|Habitat||Grassy meadows and pastures above 1400 m adjacent to rivers, lakes and pools which lack dense marginal vegetation; does normally not enter deep water.|
|Wild population||According to thw 2007 Red List the total population is probably lying in the range 5,000-15,000 individuals (IUCN Red List). Still considered locally common within its very restricted range. It is not threatened by hunting since religious beliefs have prevented its being hunted, but under pressure by rapid growth of human population and concurrent transformation of its habitat.|
|Zoo population||57 reported to ISIS (2008)|
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How this animal should be transported
For air transport, Container Note 17 of the IATA Live Animals Regulations should be followed.
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Why do zoos keep this animal
The blue-winged goose is not very often kept by zoos. It may be kept for educational purposes to demonstrate the diversity of the sheldgeese or in the context of themed exhibits on the Abyssinian highlands.