(115) 67 cm; 1,60 kg
Similar, M > F. In flight lacks white on forewing and has more
white on underparts than Spur-winged Goose.
Large laterally compressed knob (comb) on forehead. Orange-buff on
head, neck and undertail variable.
Comb much reduced and loses orange-buff coloration.
Duller than M, bill grey and lacks comb.
Dark brown upperparts, light brown underparts, head becoming
mottled brown with white eye-stripe.
Intra-African partial migrant, fairly common in north of region.
Nomadic, often undertaking extensive movements.
Marshes and temporary pans in savannas and floodplains.
Grass seeds, water-lily fruits, leaves and aquatic insects.
Various harsh froglike guk-guk calls by F and hisses by M.
Polygynous. Nests in tree cavities, also on top of old Hamerkop
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