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magpie goose, Anseranas semipalmata

alwangar (inh -)
owonhdom (inh -)
ngog-ngog (inh -)
ko'on (minha -)
in Uw Oykangand and Uw Olkola
in Uw Ilbmbanhdhiy
in Uw Oykangand
in Pakanh

Geese flying.

Goose nest, near Kowanyama, NQ, February 1994 [PH].

The magpie goose is a very important part of the lives of Aboriginal people across northern Australia. These birds are abundant on wetlands. They are hunted as a source of food and eggs are harvested from their nests in swamps (see the nest image below). Magpie geese nest during the wet season and the eggs are ready to be collected in the middle of the wet, in February. The longer the eggs sit in the nest.

Traditional practice pregnant women from eating goose: arrngg ilg, ar ijal, "don't eat 'em if you're pregnant."

e-mail: Philip Hamilton.