Cereopsis n. hollandiae Latham, 1801, New South Wales = islands of Bass Strait. Monotypic.
OTHER COMMON NAMES
English: Cereopsis goose; French: Cйrйopse cendrйe; German: Hьhnergans; Spanish: Ganso Cenizo.
29.5–39.4 in (75–100 cm); 7–14 lb (3.17–6.80 kg). Pale gray, with distinctive dark spots on wings.
Islands off southern Australia from Recherche Archipelago to Tasmania.
Scrub and grassy areas near coast; edges of lakes and lagoons.
Territorial or colonial during the breeding season, but disperse after breeding season. Perform triumph ceremonies.
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
Feeds on grasses, seeds of grasses, sedges, and leaves by grazing.
Perennially monogamous. Breeds in southern winter May–Jun. Lays 3–6 eggs into shallow ground nest; incubation c. 34–37 days; fledging 70–76 days.
Not threatened. Populations stabile due to favorable conditions on agricultural lands and a stop of intensive hunting.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS
Limited hunting allowed in Tasmania.
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