Bean Goose (Slimbridge October 2017)
The Bean Goose breeds in Northern Europe and Asia and has two distinct varieties, one inhabiting taiga habitats and one inhabiting tundra.
The two varieties are recognised as seperate species, the Taiga Bean Goose and the Tundra Bean Goose by the American Ornithologists Union. The British Ornithologists Union consider them a single species.
The Bean Goose gets its name from grazing on bean field stubbles in the winter.
The Bean Goose is very similar to the Greylag Goose.
(Compare the two Geese)
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680mm to 900mm (27" to 36")
Appearance - Male
The Bean Goose has an Orange beak with Black at the base and the tip. The head and neck are Dark Brown with a Light Brown breast and abdomen. The flanks and upperparts are Dark Brown with pale edging. The vent and tail coverts are White. The legs and feet are Orange.
Appearance - Female
Both sexes are alike.
Wetlands, Marshes, Lakes, Pools, Rivers, Swamps and Arable Fields.
Aquatic plants, Mosses, Lichens, Berries and grazing on arable fields on Potatoes, Grain, Cereals and Clover.
Mid May to June
Quantity: 4 to 6
Colour: Creamy White.