Orinoco Goose (Oressochen jubata)

Order: Anseriformess | Family: Anatidae  | IUCN Status: Least Concern

orinoco goose
Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Manu, M de Dios

orinoco goose
Age: Sub-adults | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Tambopata, SE Peru

orinoco goose
Age: Adult & Chicks | Sex: Female & Unknown | Loc. Mato Grosso, Brazil

orinoco goose
Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Venezuela

Identification & Behavior: ~59.7 cm (23.5 in).  The Orinoco Goose has a pale head and neck, chestnut flanks and back, and blackish wings with a white speculum. The legs are red, the bill is black and pinkish. Both sexes have similar plumage but the male is larger. The juvenile is a dull version of the adult. Although there is no known geographic overlap, see the Andean Goose.

Status: The Orinoco Goose was apparently more widely distributed in the past. It is now uncommon during the dry season along the Madre de Dios River and tributaries, where it is known to breed. It disappears during the high water or rainy season in Southeast Peru.

Name in Spanish: Ganso del Orinoco.

Sub-species: Orinoco Goose (Oressochen jubata) (Spix, 1825).

Meaning of Name: Oressochen: Gr. Oressi= mountain and khēn, khēnos= goose. jubata: L. iuba, iubatus= crest, crested.  A new crested goose.

Formerly known as Neochen jubata (2018).

See more of the Family Anatidae   peru aves

Distribution Map
Orinoco GooseVoice


    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum.  http://fm2.fieldmuseum.org/uw_test/birdsofperu on 11/09/2014.