Tula Geese

The head of a Tula goose
Photo courtesy of Andy Verelst

The Tula Goose is one of the Russian fighting geese. Its most notable characteristic is the shortened, parrotlike beak which extends directly from the forehead. The eyes are brown. Ganders weigh 23 lb and geese 18 lb.

The concept of fighting geese sounds rather interesting, as there's no blood involved. It is more like Sumo wrestling. The ganders grab each other at the base of the wing and start to push. The loser is the one who is pushed away. Meanwhile the females are yelling to their ganders, seeming to be cheering them on and making them more excited.


A flock of Tula Geese
Photo courtesy of Andy Verelst

A side shot showing the characteristic downward secondaries
Photo courtesy of Hans Ringnalda & Sigrid van Dort

Another shot of a female Tula's head
Photo courtesy of Andy Verelst

The beak serrations and the tongue of the Tula Goose
Photos courtesy of Hans Ringnalda & Sigrid van Dort

Juvenile Tulas
Photo courtesy of Hans Ringnalda & Sigrid van Dort

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Photo courtesy of Hans Ringnalda & Sigrid van Dort


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