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One of the smallest species of wildfowl is the African pygmy goose. Its natural habitat is in terrestrial enviroment, where it occurs in freshwater wetlands, such as marshes, lakes, rivers and creeks. The African pygmy goose is known to be nomadic. It can be found across a wide area of sub-Saharan Africa. It prefers inland wetlands with vegetation such as water lilies. It sometimes occupies open swamps, farm dens, river pools, and estuaries.
Juvenile pair: $2300




Colorful miniature waterfowl that is smaller than most ducks. Both sexes have rufous underparts, a dark back, white on the face, and white on the wing in flight. Males have a green patch on the back of the head and a yellow bill; females have a black-and-white head and a dark bill. Found in freshwater wetlands with floating vegetation, especially water lilies. Shy and inconspicuous, as it generally avoids open water. Voice is a high-pitched squeaking. Small size and bold and colorful plumage separate it from other waterfowl. Watery home. African pygmy geese can be found in swamps, marshes, inland deltas, shallow lakes, pools, floodplains, slow moving rivers, and occasionally coastal lagoons in parts of Africa African pygmy geese are seedeaters, especially seeds from water lilies and vegetative parts of other aquatic plants; aquatic insects and small fish may also be consumed. They eat waterfowl pellets and small seeds, along with aquatic plants like duckweed.  The female lays 6 to 12 creamy-white eggs between mid-May and August. The eggs are incubated for just over three weeks. Chicks have blackish down with white spots on top, and white down on their bellies. African pygmy geese are shy and secretive, fleeing to thick brush when disturbed. Little is known about its communication. LIFE SPAN Up to 15 years Age of maturity: about 2 years old YOUNG Eggs per clutch: 6 to 12 Incubation period: 3 to 4 weeks SIZE About 12 inches (30 centimeters) long About 10 ounces (283 grams) FUN FACTS These mini geese live up to their name—they are the smallest type of waterfowl in the world