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Greylag Goose

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About the Greylag Goose

Also known as: Graylag Goose, Greylag, Graylag

The Greylag Goose is a common species of goose across parts of Europe and Asia. It was previously known as the Wild Goose.

The Greylag Goose is a large goose - the biggest species in its genus. They have pinkish legs and feet, with a orange-pink bill. The body plumage is a greyish-brown.

Greylag Geese breed in wetland habitat. Some populations are migratory, while others remain on territory year-round.

The Greylag Goose is the ancestor to domestic goose species, such as the Embden Goose.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 06 December 2010
Scientific Name Anser anser
  • Anseriformes
  • Anatidae
  • Anser
  • A. anser
Birdorable Family Ducks & Geese
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 27 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
34 inches
Range West Europe East Europe North Europe South Europe West Asia Central Asia East Asia Southeast Asia South Asia North Africa

International Names

  • husa velká (Czech)
  • Grågås (Danish)
  • Grauwe Gans (Dutch)
  • merihanhi (Finnish)
  • Oie cendrée (French)
  • Graugans (German)
  • Oca selvatica (Italian)
  • ハイイロガン (haiirogan) (Japanese)
  • 회색기러기 (Korean)
  • Grågås (Norwegian)
  • gęgawa (Polish)
  • Серый гусь (Russian)
  • Ansar Común (Spanish)
  • Grågås (Swedish)

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