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Greylag Goose (Anser anser) discovered by Marcel Roy (#435)
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Observed: December 5, 2010 @ 1:00 PM
Posted on: December 9, 2010 @ 6:31 AM (diff: 4 days)
Greylag Goose - This goose was by itself at Quidi Vidi Lake with other ducks.
The Greylag Goose (also spelled Graylag in the United States), Anser anser, is a bird with a wide range in the Old World. It is the type species of the genus Anser.
The Greylag is the largest and bulkiest of the grey Anser geese. It has a rotund, bulky body, a thick and long neck, and a large head and bill. It has pink legs and feet, and an orange or pink bill. It is 75 to 90 centimetres (30 to 35 in) long with a wing length of 41.2 to 48 centimetres (16.2 to 18.9 in). It has a tail 6.2 to 6.9 centimetres (2.4 to 2.7 in), a bill 6.4 to 6.9 centimetres (2.5 to 2.7 in) long, and a tarsus 7.1 to 9.3 centimetres (2.8 to 3.7 in). It weighs 2,921 to 3,612 grams (103.0 to 127.4 oz). Males are generally larger than females. The plumage of the Greylag Goose is greyish-brown, with a darker head and paler belly with variable black spots. Its plumage is patterned by the pale fringes of its feathers. It has a white line bordering its upper flanks. Its coverts are lightly coloured, contrasting with its darker flight feathers. Juveniles differ mostly in their lack of a black-speckled belly.
It has a loud cackling call, kiYAAA-ga-ga, like the domestic goose.
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