Greylag Goose

The Greylag Goose species is found throughout the Old World, apparently breeding where suitable localities are to be found in many European countries, although it no longer breeds in southwestern Europe. Eastwards, it extends across Asia to China. In North America, there are both feral domestic geese, which are similar to greylags, and occasional vagrants. This species is the ancestor of domesticated geese in Europe and North America. Flocks of feral birds derived from domesticated birds are widespread. In Norway, the number of greylag geese is estimated to have increased three- to fivefold during the last 15-20 years. As a consequence, farmers’ problems caused by goose grazing on farmland has increased considerably.

Greylag Goose

Greylag Goose

Greylag Geese

Greylag Goose

Appearance: – This goose has a grey-brown plumage with pale fringes on the feathers. Under-parts are light-grey with a white belly. Head and neck are grey-brown, beak is orange or pink, and legs are pinkish. Both sexes are alike.

Size: – Typical Adult is 30-35 inches.

Food: – Grasses, grain, root crops such as potatoes, carrots, swedes, and also small aquatic animals.

Habitat: – Wetlands, marshes, and lakes in Iceland, Scotland, Scandinavia, eastern Europe, Russia, south China, and north India.

Breeding Season: – From early May in Iceland, earlier in mid-Europe.

Eggs: – 4 to 6 (creamy-white color).

Notes: – The Greylag Goose is a member of the Anser genus (Grey Geese). Like many other geese, they migrate south during the winter but the Greylag is always the last to leave, lagging behind the others which is probably how it got its name. The Greylag is the largest of the grey geese and ancestor of the domestic goose.

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