Orinoco Goose (Neochen jubata)

The beautiful Orinoco Goose is a small South American goose which grazes on grass, nests in hollow trees
and has bright orange legs! 

Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo currently exhibits a pair of Orinoco Geese (a male "Gander" and a female "Goose") in our Rainforest building.


A small (24-26 inches long/ 2.5 to 4 pounds), “duck-sized” goose with bright orange feet, mottled grayish breast, neck and head, a black and orange bill, blackish-green wings and tail with a white rump.


Seasonally flooded savannas, forest-covered banks of tropical rivers, lakes and marshlands.


Northern South America east of the Andes Mountains from Venezuela and Colombia and Guyana south through Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay and extreme northern Argentina.


Mostly grasses and sedges, sometimes worms, insects and mollusks.

Life Span: 

Reported at 15 years.

Family Life: 

Both male and female geese construct the nest. Females lay 6 to 10 brownish, cream colored eggs and incubate the nest for 30 days. Both parents guard the nest. The young fledge (acquire their adult feathers) by 60 to 90 days.


Near Threatened (due to hunting pressure).