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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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He estimated the number of occupied Greylag Geese nests using aerial photographs, and visited the nesting site afterwards.
It was a dawn encounter with Greylag Geese - thousands of them - that had created such an unforgettable impact.
Angus, 74, has been licensed by the Scottish Agricultural College and the Duke of Argyll to reduce the growing numbers of Greylag geese which are reaching "plague" proportions' on the tiny Inner Hebridean island of Tiree.
A right-hand bend then takes our route over a causeway with trees on the right and moorland, left, to pass the ruined 19th century Grimwith House, and information boards help us to identify greylag geese and widgeon along the shore of the reservoir.
Armed with a Land Rover, we set off on a rainy Sunday dawn from our hunting lodge and in two-anda-half hours shot stag, hind, greylag geese, a brace of white mountain hare and an eagle's nest.
In autumn, thousands of visitors arrive from Iceland and Scandinavia – greylag geese, whooper swans, chattering flocks of fieldfare and redwing.
It supports a variety of bog mosses including heather, cotton grass and cranberry and is used in winter by visiting greylag geese.
Scott and colleagues from UBC and the University of Birmingham in the UK compared the physiology of bar-headed geese to low-altitude waterfowl such as barnacle, pink-footed and greylag geese.
The book shows how waterbirds are also thriving in Cheshire, with mallards almost everywhere and Canada geese and greylag geese more widespread than ever before.