Greylag Goose Bird Information
Greylag Goose bird is the largest and most frequently seen ‘grey’ goose; ancestor of most domestic geese. This bird has upperparts dark brown, closely barred buff. Underparts, head and neck buff; some faint barring on flanks. Greylag Goose has pink legs; orange bill (pink in eastern sub-species). In flights, it shows prominent pale grey forewing. Eastern sub-species have orange legs.
Status: Greylag Goose is native birds breed only in the Outer Hebrides and the nearby Scottish mainland, but many successful re-introductions in various parts of the country. It is a widespread visitor, mainly from Iceland.
Similar Species: Overall size, large pale head, and neck with large bill separate from all other ‘grey’ geese.
Greylag Goose Bird Facts
|Size||79-89 cm (30-35 in)|
|Habitat||freshwater, estuaries, grassland|
|Behavior||swims, walks, takes off and lands on water or ground|
|Flight||strong and powerful; direct|
|Voice||deep aahng-ung-ung; highly vocal|
Greylag Goose Bird Identification
|Upperparts||brown, barred buff|
|Tail||white with a grey terminal band, short and square|
|Bill||orange; large and duck-like|
|Legs||pink; medium length|
Breeding and Nesting
|Nest||scrape near water|
|Food||grass, grain, roots|
|Population||700-800 pairs; 100,000 winter|