Taiga Bean Goos Bird Information

Taiga Bean Goose is a large, ‘grey’ goose with a dark neck and dark head. The bird favours damp grassland habitat. This bird has Upperparts brown and closely barred buff. Underparts are buffy with narrowly barred brown on flanks. Orange legs and bill orange with variable black base. Gregarious.

Status: Taiga bean goose is a winter visitor to temperate Europe from Russia and Scandinavia.
Similar Species: It is closely-related to Pink-footed Goose is smaller and prefers estuaries to damp grassland, Pink-footed and Greylag Goose both show obvious pale forewing in flight, lacking in Taiga Bean Goose.

Taiga Bean Goose Bird Facts and Habitat

Size71-89 cm (28-35 in)
Habitatfreshwater marshes, grassland
Behaviourswims, walks, takes off and lands on water and ground
Flightstrong and powerful; direct
Voiceloud gang-gang

Bird Identification


Upperpartsbrown, barred buff
Tailwhite with a grey terminal band; short and square
Bellybuff, barred brown
Billorange, black base; duck-like
Legsorange; medium length

Breeding and Nesting

Nestlined scrap near water
Eggs4-6; white
Incubation27-29 days
Youngactive; downy
Fledging8 weeks
Broods1; June-July
Foodgrass, gain
Population200-300 winter

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