Fossil waterfowl discovered in Australia


This video from England says about itself:

These cheeky magpie geese were seen accosting visitors to The London Wetland Centre.

From Emu – Austral Ornithology journal:

The occurrences of fossil bones of waterfowl (Aves : Anseriformes) in Pliocene faunas from the Lake Eyre Basin are described.

Nine modern taxa are present in either the Kanunka or the Toolapinna Faunas from the Tirari Formation as follows: Anseranas semipalmata (Magpie Goose), Cereopsis novaehollandiae (Cape Barren Goose), Cygnus atratus (Black Swan), Tadorna tadornoides (Australian Shelduck), Biziura lobata (Musk Duck), Oxyura australis (Blue-billed Duck), Anas cf. A. castanea (Chestnut Teal), A. cf. A. gracilis (Grey Teal) and Aythya australis (Hardhead).

A new genus and species of oxyurine, Tirarinetta kanunka, gen. et sp. nov. is described from the Kanunka Fauna on the basis of a humerus.

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