Ducks, Geese and Swans (Anatidae)

Spur-winged Goose (Plectropterus gambensis) - HBW 1, p. 593

French: Oie armée de Gambie German: Sporngans Spanish: Ganso Espolonado
Other common names: Spur-winged Duck

Taxonomy: Anas gambensis Linnaeus, 1766, Gambia.
Some authors have proposed isolation of present species in a tribe (Plectropterini), or even in a subfamily (Plectropterinae), of its own. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • gambensis (Linnaeus, 1766) - Gambia to Ethiopia, S to Angola and Zambezi R.
  • niger Sclater, 1877 - S Africa, from Namibia and Zimbabwe to Cape Province.

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