Taiga Bean-Goose

Anser fabalis

Order

ANSERIFORMES

Family

Ducks, Geese and Swans (Anatidae)

Code 4

TABG

Code 6

ANSFAB

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Taiga Bean-Goose is rated as Least Concern. This bird has a range reaching up to 10 million square kilometers and a population that is estimated to be as many as nearly 900,000 individual birds. The Taiga Bean-Goose can be found throughout Europe and has also been spotted in countries in Asia as well. The population of the Taiga Bean-Goose has remained steady for the last several years. As a result, there is no immediate concern regarding the population of this bird species.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Taiga Bean-Goose: Large goose, scaled brown upperparts, white underparts. Head, neck are dark brown. Black bill with yellow-orange saddle. Tail dark with white undertail coverts. Legs and feet orange. Feeds on plants, seeds, fruits. Strong direct flight on steady wing beats. Flies in V formation.

 

Range and Habitat

Taiga Bean-Goose: This species is native to Eurasia, breeding in northern regions, but is a rare to casual spring visitor to western Alaska, the Aleutian Islands, and the Bering Sea islands. Migratory, wintering in southern regions of Europe and Asia. Preferred habitats include taiga, tundra, wet grasslands, and flooded fields.

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Taiga Bean-Goose SONGS AND CALLS

Taiga Bean-Goose S1

Calls from a large flock taking flight.

Taiga Bean-Goose DD1

"Hank-hunk" flight calls from a single bird.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"ung-ank."

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Taiga Bean-Goose gets its English and scientific names from its habit in the past of grazing in bean field stubble in winter.
  • They show a preference for pastures which have high proportions of perennial ryegrass. They are intolerant of disturbance and prefer feeding fields with no other grazing livestock during the winter months and choose open areas with unobstructed sight lines both for feeding and for roosting.
  • They were regarded as a common winter visitor to northern and eastern Britain during the first half of the 19th century. A widespread decline in numbers began in the 1860's and 1870's until in the early part of the 20th century only a few flocks remained.
  • A group of Taiga Bean-Geese is collectively known as a "pod" of bean geese.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

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FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

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Yury Lisyak

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BIRDS AND BIRDING

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

Undertail covertsX
Small feathers that cover the areas where the retrices (tail feathers) attach to the rump.
UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X