Swan Goose

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Swan Goose
Conservation status: Endangered
Swan Goose
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Anseriformes
Family:Anatidae
Genus:Anser
Species:A. cygnoides
Binomial name
Anser cygnoides
(Linnaeus, 1758)

The Swan Goose, Anser cygnoides, is a large goose breeding in Mongolia and eastern Russia. It is migratory and winters mainly in south and east China where it is familiarly known as the Chinese Goose, and has been domesticated for centuries.

It has a long neck, long black bill, brown cap and pale underparts apart from some belly streaking; the upperparts are brown and the legs are orange. Sexes are similar, although the male is larger, but juveniles are duller. The voice is a loud honking.

This is a rare goose of the steppes and mountain valleys, which breeds near marshes and other wetlands, laying 5-10 eggs in a ground nest.

It grazes on sedges, and rarely swims. It forms small flocks outside the breeding season.

Its population is declining due to hunting.

References

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