Spur-winged Goose (Plectropterus gambensis) - HBW 1, p. 593
French: Oie armée de Gambie
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.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 10 videos
Two birds walking and preening in a wet part of the savanna Locality Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya (ssp gambensis)
Peter van Dam 28 August 2006 7 years ago 33 sec 4.6
Groups of birds Locality Djoudj National Park, Saint-Louis Region, Senegal (ssp gambensis)
Pascal Vagner 3 April 2010 4 years ago 23 sec 4.5
bird on the ground Locality Mburo Lake National Park, Uganda (ssp gambensis)
Daniêl Jimenez 15 September 2010 4 years ago 27 sec 4.3
A male landing in a lagoon and then feeding and swimming Locality Masaka, Uganda (ssp gambensis)
Josep del Hoyo 14 September 2006 7 years ago 32 sec 4.2
A group by the edge of the lake Locality Lake Ziway, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (ssp gambensis)
Josep del Hoyo 20 December 2005 8 years ago 30 sec 3.7
A bird standing in water. Locality Wakkerstroom, Mpumalanga Province, South Africa (ssp niger)
Keith Blomerley 15 October 2004 19 weeks ago 14 sec 3.5
PhotosSee all 28 photos
Bird landing on a tree.
Locality Mahango Game Reserve, Caprivi Region, Namibia
Tadeusz Rosinski 25 February 2014 26 weeks ago 4.3
Adult male and female
Locality Tendaba Airfield, Tendaba, Lower River Division , The Gambia (ssp gambensis)
Paul Cools 10 February 2011 2 years ago 4.3
Locality Awassa Lake, SNNP Region, Ethiopia (ssp gambensis)
Fran Trabalon 14 November 2012 31 weeks ago 4.2
Ganso de espolones volando sobre el rio Gambia, octubre de 2008
Locality River Gambia National Park, Central River Division, The Gambia (ssp gambensis)
Juan José Bazán Hiraldo 4 years ago 4.1
Sevearl birds in flight
Locality Waza National Park, Far North Province, Cameroon (ssp gambensis)
Lars Petersson 9 March 2012 1 year ago 4
Adult at a water hole.
Locality Mahango Game Reserve, Caprivi Region, Namibia (ssp niger)
Ken Havard 15 April 2013 1 year ago 4
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