The Bean Goose is a goose that breeds in northern Europe and Asia. It has two distinct varieties, one inhabiting taiga habitats and one inhabiting tundra. These are recognized as separate species by the American Ornithologists’ Union, but are considered a single species by other authorities, such as the British Ornithologists’ Union. It is migratory and winters further south in Europe and Asia.
Appearance: – The Bean looks similar to the Greylag Goose but has a much browner plumage, and an orange yellow beak with black at the base and the tip. The head and neck are dark brown, breast and abdomen are light brown, flanks are dark brown with pale edging, vent and tail coverts are white, upper-parts are dark brown with white edging, and the legs and feet are also bright orange. There are five sub-species which differ slightly in appearance and some ornithologists split them into two different species: the Taiga Bean and the Tundra Bean based on their breeding habitat.
Size: – Typical Adult is 27-36 inches.
Food: – Aquatic plants, mosses, lichens, berries, and grazing on arable fields on potatoes, grain, cereals, and clover.
Habitat: – Wetlands, marshes, lakes, pools, rivers, swamps, and arable fields in northern Scandinavia, northern Russia, and northern Asia. Wintering further south in southern Scandinavia, UK, and the Mediterranean, also China, Korea, and Japan.
Breeding Season: – Begins Mid-May to June.
Eggs: – 4 to 6 (creamy white color).
Notes: – This Goose is a medium to large grey goose of the Anser genus (Grey Geese). It gets its name because it grazes on bean field stubble in the winter.