Greylag Goose

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A pen of Western Greylags

The ancestor of most domestic breeds of geese (except possibly the Chinese), the Greylag is widespread across Europe and Asia. Sexes are similar in plumage. The voice is familiar as the call of domestic geese.

The clutch of 5-12 whitish eggs requires an incubation period of 27-29 days (which I find fascinating, as the eggs of domestic geese require a 30 day incubation).


Greylag Goose Links:

Jan's Ornamental Waterfowl


Greylags in flight
Photo courtesy of Jean S. B-C Mower-Allard

Two shots of a Greylag
Photos courtesy of Bob

The head of a young Greylag
Photo courtesy of Daniel Sörensen

A Greylag female
Photo courtesy of Daniel Sörensen

Greylags on the water
Photo courtesy of Jean S. B-C Mower-Allard

A yearling Greylag
Photos courtesy of Daniel Sörensen


Greylag goslings: The one on the left grew up to be a male
Photos courtesy of Daniel Sörensen


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