Bean Goose

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Bean Goose
Conservation status: Secure
Bean Goose
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Anseriformes
Family:Anatidae
Genus:Anser
Species:A. fabalis
Binomial name
Anser fabalis
Latham, 1787

The Bean Goose (Anser fabalis) is a large goose breeding in northern Europe and Asia. It is migratory and winters further south in Europe.

It has a long bill, black at the base and orange in the middle; the feet are also orange.

The upper wing-coverts are mouse-coloured, as in the White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) and the Lesser White-fronted Goose (A. erythropus).

There are two races, considered by some to be full species. The larger A. f. fabalis, or Taiga Bean Goose and A. f. rossicus, Tundra Bean Goose, which breeds further north.

The closely related Pink-footed Goose (A. brachyrhynchus) has the bill short, bright pink in the middle, and the feet also pink, the upper wing-coverts being nearly of the same bluish-grey as in the Greylag Goose.

This species gets its English and scientific names from its habit in the past of grazing in bean field stubble in winter (Latin faber, a bean.)

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