|Upland Goose (Chloephaga picta)|
|Torres del Paine, Chile
The Upland Goose is distributed from central Chile and central Argentina south to Tierra del Fuego. The subspecies C. p. leucoptera is to be found in the Falklands.
|They are often found far from water on dry pastures and arable land where their exclusively vegetarian diet consists of grass stems, leaves and seeds.
They are regarded as a pest by farmers who kill large numbers but they remain fairly abundant.
|The first photo shows a male and a female. Not only is the plumage very different but the male has black legs while the female has yellow legs. There are two male forms: with white underparts as seen in photos 1 and 2 and with barred underparts as seen in photo 3. Barred individuals are more common further south but in Torres del Paine, individuals of both forms occur in the same flock.|
There is an illustration in HBW, Volume 1, Page 586