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British Birds - Geese
Most of the birds that winter here come from Scandinavia but what type of geese are they?

British Birds - Geese

The term 'goose' applies to the female in particular while 'gander' applies to the male in particular. Young birds before fledging are called goslings. A group of geese on the ground is called a gaggle; when geese fly in formation, they are called a wedge or a skein.

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1.
What is the name of this bird?
Photograph courtesy of http://photo-natur.de/
Barnacle Goose
Egyptian Goose
Bean Goose
Pink-footed Goose
  • Group: Ducks, Geese and Swans
  • Binomial: Alopochen aegyptiaca
  • Order: Anseriformes
  • Family: Anatidae
  • Status: Resident Introduced Population
  • It was introduced as an ornamental wildfowl species and has escaped into the wild, now successfully breeding in a feral state.
  • It is found mainly in East Anglia, in parkland with lakes.
2.
What is the name of this bird?
Photograph courtesy of Walter Siegmund
Snow Goose
Bean Goose
Greater White-fronted Goose
Brent Goose
  • Group: Ducks, Geese and Swans
  • Binomial: Anser caerulescens
  • Order: Anseriformes
  • Family: Anatidae
  • Status: Resident Introduced Population, Some Wild Vagrants
  • When choosing a mate, young birds will most often select a mate that resembles their parents' colouring.
  • If the birds were hatched into a mixed pair, they will mate with either colour.
3.
What is the name of this bird?
Photograph courtesy of Diliff
Brent Goose
Greylag Goose
Red-breasted Goose
Greater White-fronted Goose
  • Group: Ducks, Geese and Swans
  • Binomial: Anser anser
  • Order: Anseriformes
  • Family: Anatidae
  • Status: Resident Wild And Feral Populations, Winter Visitor
  • The ancestor of most domestic geese, this is the largest and bulkiest of the wild geese native to the UK and Europe.
  • Sometimes seen in suburban parks with lakes.
4.
What is the name of this bird?
Photograph courtesy of MPF
Egyptian Goose
Bean Goose
Barnacle Goose
Pink-footed Goose
  • Group: Ducks, Geese and Swans
  • Binomial: Anser brachyrhynchus
  • Order: Anseriformes
  • Family: Anatidae
  • Status: Winter Visitor
  • Large numbers of birds spend the winter here, arriving from their breeding grounds in Spitsbergen and Iceland.
  • Nesting is often on cliffs close to glaciers to provide protection from mammalian predators.
5.
What is the name of this bird?
Photograph courtesy of Adrian Pingstone
Snow Goose
Brent Goose
Bean Goose
Pink-footed Goose
  • Group: Ducks, Geese and Swans
  • Binomial: Anser fabalis
  • Order: Anseriformes
  • Family: Anatidae
  • Status: Winter Visitor
  • Most of the birds that winter here come from Scandinavia.
  • The best place in Britain to see them is the Yare Valley in Norfolk, which includes the RSPB's Mid-Yare nature reserves.
6.
What is the name of this bird?
Photograph courtesy of http://photo-natur.de/
Greylag Goose
Pink-footed Goose
Egyptian Goose
Brent Goose
  • Group: Ducks, Geese and Swans
  • Binomial: Branta bernicla
  • Order: Anseriformes
  • Family: Anatidae
  • Status: Winter Visitor
  • In the breeding season, it uses low-lying wet coastal tundra for both breeding and feeding.
  • The nest is bowl-shaped, lined with grass and down, in an elevated location, often in a small pond.
7.
What is the name of this bird?
Photograph courtesy of http://www.naturespicsonline.com/
Egyptian Goose
Snow Goose
Greater Canada Goose
Pink-footed Goose
  • Group: Ducks, Geese and Swans
  • Binomial: Branta canadensis
  • Order: Anseriformes
  • Family: Anatidae
  • Status: Resident Introduced Population, Some Wild Vagrants
  • It forms noisy flocks.
  • Adult geese are often seen leading their goslings in a line, usually with one parent at the front and the other at the back.
8.
What is the name of this bird?
Photograph courtesy of Andrey
Egyptian Goose
Barnacle Goose
Bean Goose
Greater White-fronted Goose
  • Group: Ducks, Geese and Swans
  • Binomial: Branta leucopsis
  • Order: Anseriformes
  • Family: Anatidae
  • Status: Winter Visitor
  • A medium-sized, sociable goose.
  • It flies in packs and long lines, with a noisy chorus of yapping sounds.
  • The natural history of this goose was long surrounded with a legend claiming that they were born of driftwood.
9.
What is the name of this bird?
Photograph courtesy of Adrian Pingstone
Greylag Goose
Red-breasted Goose
Pink-footed Goose
Brent Goose
  • Group: Ducks, Geese and Swans
  • Binomial: Branta ruficollis
  • Order: Anseriformes
  • Family: Anatidae
  • Status: Rare Vagrant
  • Breeds in Arctic Europe, often close to nests of large birds of prey.
  • This helps to protect this small goose from predators such as the Arctic Fox.
  • While wintering, the red-breasted goose feeds on grasses, leafs and seeds.
10.
What is the name of this bird?
Photograph courtesy of Jerry Segraves
Greater Canada Goose
Greater White-fronted Goose
Barnacle Goose
Red-breasted Goose
  • Group: Ducks, Geese and Swans
  • Binomial: Anser albifrons
  • Order: Anseriformes
  • Family: Anatidae
  • Status: Winter Visitor
  • Weather conditions are a key factor in the breeding success of these geese.
  • In the Arctic, the window of opportunity for nesting, incubating eggs and raising a brood to flight state is open briefly, for about three months.

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