Green Pygmy-goose

Distribution and Habitat

Map showing the Australian distribution of the Green Pygmy-goose.

The Green Pygmy-goose occurs in deeper, more permanent freshwater waterlily lagoons throughout northern coastal tropical Australia. Its distribution is controlled by the availability of deep lagoons and is normally restricted to the coastal strip from the Fitzroy River, Western Australia, to Rockhampton, Queensland.

Status

The Green Pygmy-goose is fully protected in all states and territories and must not be shot.

The Green Pygmy-goose is fully protected in all states and territories and must not be shot.

 

Description

In flight, the Green Pygmy-goose has distinctive white patches at the base of the wing. The male has a dark throat and neck.

On the water, the Green Pygmy-goose is a small, dark duck floating high. The male has a white face patch and a dark neck. The female is similar to the White Pygmy-goose but somewhat darker and with a less distinct white eyebrow.

Voice

A shrill chirruping whistle is uttered continuously in flight or at rest.

Images

Here are some images of the Green Pygmy-goose.

Close up of Green Pygmy-goose wings and head showing markings male and female.Profile of a Green Pygmy-goose male and female.