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Sternum (Breast Bone) of a Anseranas semipalmata (Magpie Goose)


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Species Description
The Magpie Goose, (Anseranas semipalmata), is the only living member of the Family Anseranatidae. It is considered to be basal to all geese and ducks because of its relatively primitive anatomy. It does not moult all of its feathers at one time like other waterfowl and has unwebbed feet and a distinctive hooked bill. It will often perch in trees though it builds its nests on the ground. The breeding system is polygynous, one male bird and two females will form a breeding trio with all members cooperating collectively to raise the young. The Magpie Goose has distinctive black and white plumage and is found in the wetlands and swamps of Australia and southern New Guinea.
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Sternum (Breast Bone)
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