Pygmy goose

At the Cincinnati Zoo in World of the Insect

The African pygmy goose (Nettapus auritus) is the smallest of the perching ducks with a body-weight of about 285 g in males and 260 g in females.

Males have a white face with green ear patches and metallic green on their back; females are rather greyish, with dark eye patches. The African pygmy goose nests usually in tree cavities, but occasionally also on ground, in cliff holes, termite mounds, thatched roofs etc. 6 to 12 creamy-white eggs are laid, which are incubated for 23-26 days.


  • Where to see them: Sub-Saharan Africa and Madagascar
  • Length: 30 inches
  • Weight: 285 grams
  • Habitat: Ponds, sluggish rivers and bays
  • Diet: Seeds and other plant parts and water lilies
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