Magpie goose behaviour

To: "'Margaret Leggoe'" <>, <>
Subject: Magpie goose behaviour
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Tue, 15 Feb 2011 12:13:40 +1100
Hi Margaret,
As I said to you at the COG meeting, I think this quite curious and certainly a new one on me and worth proper writing up (in CBN at least or maybe AFO or Sunbird - as most people would associate the bird with Qld). I have just had a quick look at HANZAB which doesn't appear to mention anything remotely similar to what you have observed. That doesn't mean it is not known, the whole entry for the species is amazingly short. It is also worth asking the staff at Tidbinbilla if they can tell you anything additional to this, in particular whether they put food for the magpie geese under stones or otherwise hidden, etc. That would not be so unusual for such people to give captive animals a bit more variety in their lives. If it is a learned behaviour that of course greatly alters the context.
About the adelie penguin, as far as I know that is quite different. I think they just use stones for nest building, rather than digging for food. Does anyone know different?
Philip Veerman
24 Castley Circuit
Kambah  ACT  2902
02 - 62314041
-----Original Message-----From: Margaret Leggoe [ Sent: Tuesday, 15 February 2011 11:50 AM
To:      Subject: [canberrabirds] FW: Magpie goose behaviour

I forwarded this photo of the magpie goose to a friend of mine who once spent a year in Antarctica working with the Adelie penguins.  This was her response:


It has picked up a lot of adelie penguin traits. Rock relocation. Hard work for just a worm or 2 who would have heard big bird coming!!”


I now wonder how many other species of birds do this kind of thing.


Margaret Leggoe

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