Although the blue-winged goose is typically found by running or standing water (2), this portly goose rarely swims (3), but it is a capable walker and runner (4). It often occurs on the banks of rivers and lakes, where it grazes on grasses, sedges and other vegetation, although it is also known to occasionally feed on insects, worms, freshwater molluscs and small reptiles (5).
The blue-winged goose is often found in large flocks of 50 to 100 individuals, until the arrival of the breeding season, when it occurs in small groups or single pairs (5). The breeding season occurs in the drier months between March and June, when the blue-winged goose constructs a nest on the ground, hidden amongst vegetation. After breeding, the blue-winged goose moves to lower altitudes for the wetter, non-breeding season (5).