Inhabits Australian coasts and surrounding islands. It lives in open spaces – meadows, crop fields and outskirts of swamps. Although the bird is a goose, it swims rather reluctantly. It is very territorial and can effectively defend its territory even against intruders bigger than itself, including humans. Geese deter unwanted guests by running with spread wings and producing sounds similar to pigs’ oinks. It feeds with grasses, seeds and legumes.
The species is monogamous and the birds mate for a lifetime. They build nests in tall grass or under a bush, always with a good view of the surrounding area. Although only females incubate the eggs, offspring is taken care of by both parents. Cape Barren Geese can drink salt water, thanks to which they are able to inhabit marine islands.
- Latin name: Cereopsis novaehollandiae
- IUCN – Red List – LC – Least concern
- CITES – Appendix II