Today I want to write about a really fascinating species of bird, the Cape Barren goose.
Here are five interesting facts about them:
- These large geese grow up to 1 metre long and have a wingspan of about 1.9 metres. Males are larger than females.
- They are a grazing bird, spending the day eating grass, herbs and pasture.
- Cape Barren geese mate for life and are often found in pairs. They breed on small offshore islands and both parents help to look after the eggs and chicks. The chicks are able to feed themselves after the first day.
- They have the ability to drink salty water which helps them to survive on small islands that don’t have access to fresh water.
- Cape Barren geese almost became extinct, but they have recovered and are no longer endangered. They are found throughout southern Australia and on many offshore islands and have adapted well to areas with lots of paddocks.
I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.
Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about Cape Barren geese?