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, greylag goose
a large grey Eurasian goose, Anser anser: the ancestor of many domestic breeds of goose



(Anser anser), a goose of the family Anatidae. The body is 85–100 cm long and weighs 3–6 kg. The plumage is gray, and the bill and feet are pink. Greylags are distributed in Europe and Asia. In the USSR the geese range from Estonia to the Primor’e, but they are most common in the Azov region, in the deltas of the Volga, Amu Darya, and Syr Darya rivers, in Kazakhstan, and in southwestern Siberia. The birds winter in southern Europe, southwestern Asia, and northern Africa. They settle along lakeshores and in river floodlands with dense thickets of reed. Their nests are on mounds or piles of reed. A clutch contains four to ten eggs, which are incubated by the female for 27 or 28 days. Both parents care for the young. Greylags feed on aquatic and terrestrial plants; they often fly to fields and feed on the seeds and shoots of cereal grains. The greylag is the ancestor of a number of breeds of domestic geese. It is often hunted.

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I explained my cunning plan but she just shook her head in despair and muttered something less than encouraging about whooper swans and greylag geese.
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Results of an earlier study revealed a comparable rise in IOP with age in common kestrels, Muscovy ducks (Cairina moschata), and greylag geese (Anser anser) measured by applanation tonometry, (9) whereas the same could not be proven for eastern screech owls.
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from greylag (Anser anser) and white-fronted (Anser albifrons) geese to other cyst forming coccidia using 18s and 28s rRNA gene sequences.
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It was a dawn encounter with Greylag Geese - thousands of them - that had created such an unforgettable impact.
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