August 12th, 2018

Magpie Goose - Anseranas semipalmata

Sometimes an overlooked bird in this region is the Magpie Goose. Found nowhere else in the world this is a living fossil that survived the glaciation and extinction periods of the late Cretaceous and Paleogene period 67 million years ago. A remnant of the world from the period and vast lands of Gondwana.

This bid was genetically analysed and was found to be related to modern-day ducks, geese, and swans. However this bird unique to the anseranas 'screaming' bird taxonomy. As it is the earliest known bird to jump into this branch of classification. Possibly being the world's first honking waterbird. The things that make this bird unique are the non-webbed feet, and unlike other geese they remain able to fly all year around as they do not have a malting period.

This bird is now listed under conservation due to overhunting and is now of little concern due to these efforts. Today this common and sometimes overlooked bird decided to pose for a few photographs and was actually liking the attention.