Tundra Bean-Goose

Anser serrirostris

Order

ANSERIFORMES

Family

Ducks, Geese and Swans (Anatidae)

Code 4

TUBG

Code 6

ANSSER

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Tundra Bean-Goose is a large waterfowl species that breeds in tundra habitats of northern Eurasia. It winters in wetlands, wet grasslands, and on lakes and large rivers in agricultural landscapes. A rare vagrant to North America, the Tundra Bean-Goose is fairly common in other parts of its range and has a conservation rating of Least Concern.

SUMMARY

Overview

Tundra Bean-Goose: A medium-sized goose with brown upperparts, tan underparts, and a white belly and vent. Dark brown barring on the flanks, light brown barring on the back, white edging to the secondary coverts, and a white, "u-shaped" rump. Orange and black bill, and orange legs. Direct flight in V formation.

 

Range and Habitat

Tundra Bean-Goose: This species breeds in the tundra of northern Eurasia. It winters in marshes, wet grasslands, lakes, and large rivers in the agricultural landscapes in eastern China, central Asia, and western Europe. It has occurred as a rare vagrant to North America along the Aleutian archipelago.

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Tundra Bean-Goose SONGS AND CALLS

Tundra Bean-Goose U1

Calls from a large flock in flight.

Tundra Bean-Goose R1

"Hank-hunk" flight calls from a small flock.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"unk unk unk"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • After breeding, they molt their feathers for a month and are flightless at this time.
  • Intolerant of disturbance, they prefer fields with no other grazing livestock and choose open areas with unobstructed sight lines for feeding and roosting.
  • The Tundra Bean-Goose was formerly considered to be a subspecies of the Bean Goose.
  • A group of bean geese are known as a "pod" of geese.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Artist

Yury Lisyak

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UnderpartsX

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

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
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The ventral part of the bird, or the area between the flanks on each side and the crissum and breast. Flight muscles are located between the belly and the breast.
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The area between the uppertail coverts and the back of the bird.
Secondary covertsX
The feathers that cover and protect the secondaries.
VentX
Birds do not have two separate cavities for excrement and reproduction like humans do. In birds, there is one single entrance/exit that suits both functions called the vent, cloaca or anus.
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