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1831. Excerpt: ... Another species of the same group, long since
introduced into this country, but of much less frequent occurrence
than the last, is the Gambo or Spur-winged Goose of Ray, Willughby,
and Latham, a native of northern, and more particularly of western,
Africa. This bird, which is not very well figured in Dr. Latham's
Synopsis, agrees with the Canadian Goose in some of those
characters which connect the Geese with the Swans, but is much more
robust in make and more anserine in general appearance. Its size
and proportions are nearly those of the Common Goose; its legs long
and placed beneath the middle of the body; and its neck of moderate
length and proportionate thickness. At the base of the bill, which
is broad and flat, it has a tubercle like that of the tame Swan,
increasing in size with the age of the individual; and the bend of
its wings is furnished with a large blunt spur, which appears to be
occasionally doubled. On this latter character Dr. Leach founded
his genus Plectropterus. The Spur-winged Goose was confounded by
Willughby, and afterwards by Buffon, with a variety of the Egyptian
Goose, equally distinguished by the presence of a spur upon the
wing, but differing considerably in the form of its bill, and in
its colours. In the former the entire bill and the tubercle at its
base are of a dull red; the sides of the head are white; the upper
parts of the body black, with a metallic brilliancy; a patch of
white, mottled with black spots, occupies the base of each of the
wings; and the under parts are white, sometimes marked with
indistinct zigzag lines of gray. The legs have an obscure tinge of
red; and the spurs of the wings are horn-coloured; but the latter
are visible only when the wings are expanded, being concealed at
all other times beneath the...
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