French: Oie cendrée German: Graugans Spanish: Ánsar común
Europe and northern North America
Subspecies and Distribution
A. a. anser
(Linnaeus, 1758) – Western Greylag Goose – Iceland, and N & C Europe; winters from Scotland S to N Africa and E to Iran.
A. a. rubrirostris
Swinhoe, 1871 – Eastern Greylag Goose – from Romania, Turkey and Russia E to NE China; winters mainly from Asia Minor to E China.
76–89 cm; nominate male 2600–4560 g, female 2070–3960 g; rubrirostris male 2800–4100 g, female 2450–3600 g; wingspan 147–180 cm.... read more
Loud nasal honking, deeper, more cackling and more raucous than other grey geese and rather similar... read more
Variety of habitats generally associated with water in open country, often with fringe vegetation... read more
Food and feeding
Essentially vegetarian; grass, roots, leaves, stems, seed heads, fruits and sprouts of wide variety of plants, complemented in winter with... read more
Starts Mar/Apr, in continental Europe and Iceland (nominate) egg-laying starts late Apr, peaking mid May, whereas in UK first eggs late Mar... read more
A few populations sedentary (e.g. in N Scotland) but most birds move southwards to winter in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Abundant, especially in W Europe, where increasing, with several hundred thousand birds, including an estimated 300,000 feral... read more
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