Taiga Bean-Goose

Anser fabalis

Order

ANSERIFORMES

Family

Ducks, Geese and Swans (Anatidae)

Code 4

TABG

Code 6

ANSFAB

ITIS

Egg Color:

White



Number of Eggs:

4 - 5



Incubation Days:

27 - 29



Egg Incubator:

Female



Nest Location:

On ground



Nest Material:

Grasses and moss.



Migration:

Migratory



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General

Taiga Bean-Goose: Large goose with scaled brown upperparts and white underparts. Head and neck are dark brown. Bill is black with yellow-orange saddle. Tail is dark with white undertail coverts. Legs and feet are orange. Sexes are similar.

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.

Breeding and Nesting

Taiga Bean-Goose: Four to five white eggs are laid in a nest made of moss, grass, and other vegetation. Nest is placed in a small hummock beneath a tree in marshy areas. Incubation ranges from 27 to 29 days and is carried out by the female.

Foraging and Feeding

Taiga Bean-Goose: Eats grass, cereals, potatoes, and other crops.

Vocalization

Taiga Bean-Goose: Call is a nasal "ung-ank."

Similar Species

Taiga Bean-Goose: Rare vagrant. Tundra Bean-Goose, also a rare vagrant, is smaller with a shorter neck and darker head, bill is shorter with a narrow orange band.

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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