Swan Goose (Slimbridge September 2010)
The Swan Goose is a rare Goose from Mongolia, Northern China and Southeast Russia.
Although most domestic Geese are descended from the Greylag Goose, two breeds are directly decended from the Swan Goose, namely the Chinese Goose and the African Goose.
Due to habitat loss, excessive hunting and egg collecting the population of the Swan Goose is in decline. It is currently classed as Vulnerable.
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810mm to 940mm (32" to 37")
Appearance - Male
The male has a large Black bill with a narrow White band around the base, a Chestnut Brown nape and crown extending below the eye. The face, front and sides of the neck are light Buff. The upper-parts and flanks are Grey Brown plumage with White edges, under-parts are lighter Brown and undertail coverts are White. Legs and feet are Orange.
Appearance - Female
The female is similar to the male except smaller.
Wetlands, Lakes, Marshes and Estuaries.
Aquatic Vegetation, Grasses and Sedges.
Late April to May.
The shallow nest is built from vegetation directly on the ground, often on a small knoll to keep it dry.
Quantity: 5 to 8