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 8 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 9 years ago 30 sec 3.7
A bird standing in water. Locality Wakkerstroom, Mpumalanga Province, South Africa (ssp niger)
Keith Blomerley 15 October 2004 41 weeks ago 14 sec 3.5
PhotosSee all 31 photos
Bird landing on a tree.
Locality Mahango Game Reserve, Caprivi Region, Namibia
Tadeusz Rosinski 25 February 2014 48 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 1 year 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
Definitely sub species 'gambensis' although ratherfar south.
Locality Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, Western Cape Province, South Africa (ssp gambensis)
Raymond Marsh 6 September 2012 3 weeks ago ADDED LAST MONTH 4
Adult bird walking along sandbank
Locality Kavango River, Shamvura Camp, Kavango Region, Namibia
ian wood 24 April 2012 16 weeks ago 4
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