Swan Goose

About the Swan Goose

The Swan Goose is a large species of goose that lives in parts of Asia, including eastern Russie, Mongolia, and China.

Swan Geese feed by grazing on vegetation. They prefer to live near water, though they rarely swim.

The Swan Goose population is decreasing and the conservation status is Vulnerable as of October 2013. The species faces threats from unregulated hunting and habitat loss.

The Chinese Goose is a domesticated form of the Swan Goose. Chinese Goose plumage may be completely white or shades of brown similar to the wild Swan Goose. Domesticated Swan Geese are bulkier and larger than their wild cousins, and have stubbier, knobbed bills.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 31 October 2013
Scientific Name
Anser cygnoides
  • Anseriformes
  • Anatidae
  • Anser
  • A. cygnoides
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Conservation Status
Vulnerable (as of 7 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
32 to 37 inches
99 to 123 ounces


From IUCN Red List:
The Swan Goose is listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2014 by BirdLife International. This species is listed as Vulnerable because it is suspected to be undergoing a rapid population decline owing to poor breeding success in recent years as a result of drought and considerable pressure from habitat loss, particularly owing to agricultural development, as well as unsustainable levels of hunting.

International Names

Chinese (汉语) 鸿雁
Czech (Cesky) husa labutí
Danish (Dansk) Svanegås
Dutch (Nederlands) Zwaangans
Finnish (Suomi) joutsenhanhi
French (Français) Oie cygnoïde
German (Deutsch) Schwanengans
Italian (Italiano) Oca cignoide
Japanese (日本語) サカツラガン [sakatsuragan]
Korean (한국어) 개리
Norwegian (Norsk) Svanegås
Polish (Polski) ges labedzionosa
Russian (русский язык) Сухонос
Spanish (Español) Ansar Cisnal
Swedish (Svenska) Svangås
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