Eastern Greylag Goose

The Eastern Greylag Goose (Anser anser rubrirostris) is a large water bird, a wetlands bird, in the Anatidae family. There are two types: Western Greylag Goose and Eastern Greylag Goose.

The Eastern Greylag Goose has mottled and barred brown and white feathers and an orange-brown beak. It has a thick, long neck and a large head. It has pink legs and pink feet.

Eastern Greylag Goose

Eastern Greylag Goose

 

It measures 74-91 centimetres (29-36 inches) tall, with a wingspan of 147-180 centimetres (58-71 inches). The male is larger than the female.

The Western Greylag Goose is widespread across Europe. The Eastern Greylag Goose is widespread across Asia. The Eastern Greylag Goose migrates south in winter. It prefers moorlands, marshes, lakes, estuaries, floodplains, and coastal islands.

It feeds on grass, so it is herbivorous.

It mates for life. It makes a nest on the ground. Females lay 4-6 eggs, and she sits on them until they hatch. The male remains on guard and chases away intruders.

The chicks are called goslings. The goslings are precocial, which means that they are born with feathers, and can leave the nest soon after hatching. Both parents care for the young. The goslings can leave the nest after 8-9 weeks.

Eastern Greylag Goose

Eastern Greylag Goose

 

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

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