Chloephaga picta leucoptera
Greater Upland Goose
least concern (ICUN). The Greater Magellan Goose is endemic to the Falkland Islands, while the Lesser Magellan goose range across the southern mainland of South America.
The greater Magellan goose has an upright stance, and long legs well adapted to walking and running on land. The two sexes have different plumage. The male has a white head, breast, and belly; black barring on the rear flanks and mantle; his wings are patterned with black and metallic green, and he has a black tail. The black barring on his back is narrower, and he is larger, in comparison to the mainland subspecies of Magellan goose. The female has a cinnamon-brown head and neck with cinnamon-white underpants, flanks, and mantle; all of which have heavy black barring. She also has a black tail with a green sheen. The female greater is larger than the lesser has a brighter head, and wider cinnamon barring on the under parts.
the Greater magellan goose is most often found near the ocean, although it is not uncommon to find these birds far from water (this is particularity the case for the mainland subspecies). Apart from the coast they like; grassy plains, pastures, and open, mountain slopes. During breeding season they prefer to be near rivers or streams.
The Greater Magellan geese are grazers, they feed mainly on grass and preferring to graze on short grass. They supplement their diets with berries, seeds, and green algae.
they nest in dense vegetation. Egg-laying occurs between September and October for the greater Magellan goose. Only the female incubates the eggs. Clutch size is 5 to 8 eggs and chicks fledge between January and February.