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Breeding the African pygmy goose Nettapus auritus in the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens

Breeding the African pygmy goose Nettapus auritus in the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens 0The Zoological Society of London Breeding the African pygmy goose Nettapus auritus in the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens K. C . SEARLE Hon. Zoological Curator, Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens, Garden Road, Hong Kong Members of the genus Nettapus have always been considered difficult to maintain under captive conditions and they are therefore poorly represented in zoological gardens and waterfowl collections. All three species are restricted to the tropics of the Old World. Since they are highly aquatic and rarely leave the water except to perch on tree branches, they are unsuited to being kept as pinioned birds unlike the majority of the Anatidae. Newly imported birds are extremely nervous, subject to stress and difficult to persuade to eat anything but millet seed. There are few records of the genus being bred successfully in captivity. The African pygmy goose Nettapus auritus was bred in two private collections in 1975 by R. Harland in Zimbabwe (M.H.H., 1975) and Winston Guest on Long Island, New York. The New York Zoological Park bred and reared the species in 1982 and has also recorded successful breeding of N . c. coromandelianus a number of times (Bruning & Sheppard, 1984). http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Zoo Yearbook Wiley

Breeding the African pygmy goose Nettapus auritus in the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens

International Zoo Yearbook , Volume 26 (1) – Jan 1, 1987

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Wiley
Copyright
© 1987 The Zoological Society of London
ISSN
0074-9664
eISSN
1748-1090
DOI
10.1111/j.1748-1090.1987.tb03159.x
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Abstract

0The Zoological Society of London Breeding the African pygmy goose Nettapus auritus in the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens K. C . SEARLE Hon. Zoological Curator, Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens, Garden Road, Hong Kong Members of the genus Nettapus have always been considered difficult to maintain under captive conditions and they are therefore poorly represented in zoological gardens and waterfowl collections. All three species are restricted to the tropics of the Old World. Since they are highly aquatic and rarely leave the water except to perch on tree branches, they are unsuited to being kept as pinioned birds unlike the majority of the Anatidae. Newly imported birds are extremely nervous, subject to stress and difficult to persuade to eat anything but millet seed. There are few records of the genus being bred successfully in captivity. The African pygmy goose Nettapus auritus was bred in two private collections in 1975 by R. Harland in Zimbabwe (M.H.H., 1975) and Winston Guest on Long Island, New York. The New York Zoological Park bred and reared the species in 1982 and has also recorded successful breeding of N . c. coromandelianus a number of times (Bruning & Sheppard, 1984).

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International Zoo YearbookWiley

Published: Jan 1, 1987

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