The call of the Cape Barren goose sounds like the grunt of a pig.
Cape Barren Goose
Origin: South America
Latin Name: Cereopsis novaehollandi
Habitat: Uninhabited offshore islands
Diet: Grass, herbs, clover and barley
Lifespan: 17 years
Average Size: Height: 80cm., Weight: 3.0kg., Wingspan: 1.7metres
The Cape Barren is a large bulky goose with almost uniformly grey plumage bearing rounded black spots. The tail and flight feathers are blackish and the legs are pink with black feet. They have a short black bill and green cere giving it a very peculiar expression. These birds spend most of their day feeding by grazing grass and are rarely seen swimming. They are one of the rarest of the world’s geese and are generally confined to costal areas of Australia.