Goose Hunting & Farming Know How

  • Breed Name: Goose
  • Clutch size: Swan goose: 5 – 6
  • Mass:
    • Greylag goose: 3.3 kg
    • Greater white-fronted goose: 2.5 kg
  • Length:
    • Greylag goose: 76 – 89 cm
    • Swan goose: 81 – 94 cm
    • Bar-headed goose: 68 – 78 cm
  • Wingspan: Swan goose: 1.6 – 1.8 m
  • Lifespan: 10 – 24 years (In the wild)
  • Goose (plural geese) is a waterfowl species in the family Anatidae
  • The group comprises:
    • The genera Anser (the grey geese) also including Greylag goose and domestic geese
    • Branta (the black geese) like Canada goose
    • Chen (which includes the white geese)
    • Some other birds, mostly related to the shelducks, have “goose” as part of their names.
    • More distantly related members of the family Anatidae are swans, most of which are larger than true geese, and ducks, which are smaller
  • Other Birds Called Goose: Some Southern Hemisphere birds are called “geese”, These are:
    • Blue-winged goose, Cyanochen cyanopterus
    • Cape Barren goose, Cereopsis novaehollandiae
    • Egyptian goose, Alopochen aegyptiaca
    • Magpie goose, the Anseranatidae
    • Malagasy sheldgoose, Centrornis majori
    • Maned goose, also called Australian wood duck or maned duck, Chenonetta jubata
    • Orinoco goose, Neochen jubata
    • Pygmy geese
    • Seaducks, Chendytes
    • South American sheldgeese, genus Chloephaga
    • Spur-winged goose, Plectropterus gambensis
    • Solan goose
  • Goose Related Terms:
    • The term “goose” is more properly used for a female bird
    • While “gander” refers specifically to a male one
    • Young birds before fledging are called goslings
    • The collective noun for a group of geese on the ground is a gaggle
    • When in flight, they are called a skein, a team, or a wedge;
    • When flying close together, they are called a plump
  • Goose are commercially bred mainly for meat production, for feathers or other products
  • Breeds of Goose:
    • African Goose
    • American Goose
    • Brecon Buff
    • Buff/ Grey Back
    • Chinese Goose
    • Czech Goose
    • Embden
    • Pilgrim
    • Pomeranian
    • Roman Goose
    • Sebastopol
    • Steinbacher
    • Toulouse
    • West of England

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