African Pygmy Goose (Nettapus Auritus) Facts Images And Sound

African Pygmy Goose  (Nettapus Auritus)

The African Pygmy Goose is the very small Africa’s wildfowl bird. It is the perching duck belong from sub-Saharan Africa and world smallest Goose Bird. Here in this article, you will see this African Pygmy Goose Facts, appearance, sound, and images.

There are basically three species of Pygmy Goose but here I present only African Pygmy Goose bird information.

  • Green pygmy goose (Nettapus pulchellus)
  • Cotton pygmy goose (Nettapus coromandelianus)
  • African pygmy goose (Nettapus auritus)

African Pygmy Goose Facts

African Pygmy Goose Facts


  • Male:

The  African Pygmy Goose male bird has a white color face with black eye patches. They have the iridescent black crown on a head.

The male bird has a light chestnut color neck and breast. They have a metallic green color feathers on the back side, white belly, and black plumage on the tail.

They also have a yellow color beak with the black tip. The legs and feet of this birds are dark-gray to black.

African pygmy goose hd wallpaper

  • Female: 

The female bird has a gray color face with dark brown eye patches. They also have brown color patches on the nape and cheeks.

The African Pygmy Goose female has a dark-brown breast, neck, crown, back of the neck and forehead. The upperparts are cover with the brown and metallic green plumage with the white belly.

They also have a yellow color beak and dark gray or black color feets.

Female African pygmy goose photo


African Pygmy Goose Specification
Scientific name Nettapus auritus
Common name perching duck
Length 12 inches
Weight Male: 285 grams (10.1 oz)
Female: 260 grams (9.2 oz)
Wingspan 142 millimeters (5.6 in) to 165 millimeters (6.5 in).
Sexually mature 2 years old
Eggs 6 to 12 eggs
Eggs description white or creamy eggs
Egg size 1” x 1.5”
Incubation period 22-24 days
Breeding season May and August
Destribution sub-Saharan Africa,  Madagascar.
Habitat stagnant water, inland wetlands, swamps, farm dens, river pools, and estuaries.
Food Aquatic insects, aquatic plants, seeds of water lilies, small fish.
Lifespan ‎10-15 years

African Pygmy Goose call

African Pygmy Goose Images

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