GREYLAG GOOSE
(Anser Anser)
Grey Crowned Crane         Hardhead


Swan Lake Zone - Slimbridge
The Greylag Goose is found in the Swan Lake Zone, SlimbridgeMap (Slimbridge)
Breeding Habitat
From Iceland, North Scotland, Scandinavia to Russia. Also across the Ural Mountains to Manchuria.
Winter Habitat or Migration Area
Icelandic birds Winter in the British Isles, Others winter in the Netherlands, France, Spain, North Africa, East Mediterranean, N.W. India, Burma and South China.

Conservation Status


Size
750mm to 900mm (30" to 35")

Appearance - Drake
The Greylag Goose has a Grey/Brown head, neck and plumage with pale fringes on the feathers. Underparts are Light/Grey with a White belly. It has Pink legs and feet with an Orange or Pink bill.

Appearance - Duck
Both sexes are alike.

Habitat
Wetlands, Marshes, and Lakes in Iceland, Scotland, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, Russia, South China, and North India.

Diet
Grasses, Marsh Plant Roots and Rhizomes, Root Crops such as Turnips, Swedes, Potatoes and Carrots. Also feed on Grain and small Aquatic Animals.

Breeding Time
Early May in Iceland, Late April in Scotland and earlier in mid-Europe.

Eggs
Quantity: 4 to 6.
Average Size: 85mm x 58mm.
Colour: Creamy White.

Slimbridge Wildfowl G - L
Gadwall (Anas Strepera)
Garganey (Anas Querquedula)
Goldeneye (Bucephala Clangula)
Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus Roseus)
Greater Scaup (Aythya Marila)
Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser Albifrons)
Grey-crowned Crane (Balearica Regulorum)
Greylag Goose (Anser Anser)
Hardhead (Aythya Australis)
Hawaiian Goose (Nene) (Branta Sandvicensis)
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes Cucullatus)
James's Flamingo (Phoenicoparrus Jamesi)
Laysan Duck (Anas Laysanensis)
Lesser Flamingo (Phoenicopterus Minor)
Lesser Scaup (Aythya Affinis)
Lesser White-Fronted Goose (Anser Erythropus)
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GREYLAG GOOSE
Grey Crowned Crane         Hardhead
Greylag Goose
©Nigel Key Greylag Goose (Slimbridge )

The Greylag goose is the largest of the 'grey' geese and is the last goose to migrate South, 'lagging' behind the others, which led to its name.

They achieve adulthood in the second winter and are the most southerly breeding of the 'grey' geese.

The Greylag goose is the only goose that is indigenous to the British Isles.

The Greylag goose is the ancestor of the domestic goose.
   Hear the Greylag Goose's Call:-



Photographs ©Nigel Key, Click thumbnail to enlarge.
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