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Greylag goose

Observed: 28th November 2009 By: aw5934
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - current student
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Greylag goose
Greylag goose (2)

A medium sized goose with white patch on face, orange beak and legs.

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Naturalised greylag goose (Anser anser) interacts


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White-fronted Geese are very

White-fronted Geese are very wild and extremely unlikely to be found on a town loch.

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That's helpful. I thought it was perhaps rare for a white fronted goose to be in the park. When i first saw the goose, my first thoughts were greylag but there were a few things that didn't look exactly like the identification marks and i thought it may be nearer to the white-fronted goose.

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repeat identification

Just a small point - there's no need to repeat an identification that someone else has already given, normally it's best to click on "I agree" (if you do agree!) or to add a different identification (if you don't agree!). Adding a repeat identification doesn't cause any major problems, but it's not necessary. For more info see:

Entomologist and biological recorder

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Thanks for clarifying that. It should make things simpler and less confusing.

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I have just looked at the differences between the Greylag and the white fronted, in my books, and as you say, it is a naturalised Greylag. My books say nothing about feral/ naturlised birds. Can you explain please. Is the difference in markings, between a Greylag and a feral one, because of x breeding or am I totally on the wrong track?

Thank you

Sam, Student.

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Feral and naturalised birds are essentially those that have escaped from collections or have been introduced and therefore are not genuine native species. Wildfowl especially are often hybrids that show variations or abnormalities of plumage (e.g. farmyard geese and ducks) that come in a variety of colours etc. Even wild birds can hybridise and show strange plumages and even size differences to the original species!