Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/54462

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Anseriformes
Family:Anatidae
Genus:Anser
Genus species:Anser anser

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:75-90 cm
Identification:Greylag geese have gray feathers and a bright orange or pink bill and eye rings.
Habitat:Grasslands, farmlands, lakes, rivers
Diet:Herbivore: crops, aquatic weeds, tubers
Reproduction:Greylag geese may be colonial nesters, mating as early as March. Five to nine eggs are laid per clutch.
Outside of the breeding season, flocks with more than 1,000 birds can form.
Behavior:Greylag geese participate in molt migrations, where young birds and older birds without offspring move farther north to feed, leaving food resources in the breeding areas for the reproductively active adults.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:This species is an ancestor of the domestic goose.

Other Information

Geographic:Northern Europe
Western Europe
Central Asia
Southern Asia
Date:1958-1988 Subjects:duck-like bird
Greylag goose
Anser
Geese
Anatidae
Anseriformes
Waterfowl
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata
Primo Record:https://colostate-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/primo-explore/fulldisplay?vid=01COLSU&docid=01COLSU_DSPACE10217/54462