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Graylag Goose Identification

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The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    A large, bulky goose with a thick neck, large head and bill, and stout legs.

    Relative Size

    Larger than a Mallard, smaller than a Mute Swan.

    Relative Sizegoose or largergoose-sized or larger

    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 29.9-35.0 in (76-89 cm)
      • Weight: 73.0-160.8 oz (2070-4560 g)
      • Wingspan: 57.9-70.9 in (147-180 cm)

Regional Differences

Birds breeding in western Europe have an orange bill and are slightly smaller and darker than pink-billed birds that nest from eastern Europe to East Asia. eBird refers to these two groups as Graylag Goose (European) and Graylag Goose (Siberian). Geese in central Europe show intermediate characteristics.