White Pygmy-goose (Cotton Pygmy-goose)

Distribution and Habitat

Map showing the Australian distribution of the White Pygmy Goose.

The White Pygmy-goose occurs in deep, freshwater lagoons and swamps on the east coast of tropical Queensland between Rockhampton and Ingham.

 

Status

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

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

 

Description

In flight, the male has a broad white wing stripe near the wing tips, a white neck, throat and body and the female has a narrow white rear margin on the innerwing.

On the water, the White Pygmy-goose is a small duck floating high. The male has a white neck and all white face with dark crown. The female is similar to that of Green Pygmy-goose but somewhat lighter and with a more distinct white eyebrow.

Voice

The male makes a loud cackle or trumpeting in flight. The female has a soft quack.

Images

Here are some images of the White Pygmy-goose.

Close up of White Pygmy-goose wings and head showing markings male and female.Diagrams of White Pygmy-goose in profile male and female.