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 - Orinoco Goose
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Orinoco Goose Oressochen jubatus

Lisa Davenport, Whaldener Endo, and Ken Kriese
Version: 1.0 — Published March 8, 2013

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Currently considered Near Threatened by BirdLife International, the range of Orinoco Goose is still relatively widespread across much of eastern South America as far south as northern Argentina. Sometimes hunted for its meat, population declines have been noted in much of the species’ range, and there are now rather few areas where this goose might still be considered reasonably common. Its modern-day strongholds appear to be the savannas of northern Bolivia, the llanos region of northeastern Colombia and western Venezuela, and the Araguaia River in central Brazil. Orinoco Geese from northern Bolivia (Llanos de Moxos, Department of Beni) recently have been found to undertake a partial migration to forested areas of Peru and western Brazil during the breeding season, possibly due to cavity nest limitation in the Llanos de Moxos. Principally found in lowland areas, it occurs on beaches and oxbow lakes along forested rivers, as well as in wet savannas and around large freshwater wetlands. Orinoco Goose is an attractive bird, clad in pale grayish buff over the head and neck, with salmon red legs, a rufous belly and back, and mostly blackish wings relieved by a green-and-white patterned speculum. Birds are most commonly seen as breeding pairs but also in congregations of dozens to hundreds of birds where common.

Distribution of the Orinoco Goose
  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding
Distribution of the Orinoco Goose

Recommended Citation

Davenport, L., W. Endo, and K. Kriese (2013). Orinoco Goose (Oressochen jubatus), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.origoo1.01