Blue-winged Goose Cyanochen cyanoptera
Blue-winged Goose, Bale Mountains, Ethiopia, Janurey 2016 - click for larger image

Bale Mountains, Ethiopia
January 2016

The Blue-winged Goose is endemic to Ethiopia where it is found on moorlands, marshes and grasslands near water at between 2,100 and 4,100 metres. See the distribution map at Birdlife International.

It is classified as Vulnerable because of its low numbers, the threat to its habitat from degradation and draining and the increasing threat from hunting.

Distinctive features are its black primaries, its green secondaries and its pale-blue wing coverts. The male is noticeably larger than the female.

It gives a high pitched whistle and the occasional grunt.

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