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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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To assess abundance and distribution of geese in the three study areas and their among site and year variation, flocks of pink-footed geese and greylag geese were counted, and their positions in the fields were mapped.
He estimated the number of occupied Greylag Geese nests using aerial photographs, and visited the nesting site afterwards.
Moult and moult migration of greylag geese Anser anser from a population in Scania, south Sweden.
These differences could be caused by interspecific differences in disturbance tolerance, and Madsen (2001) also suggested that pink-footed geese are less tolerant to disturbance than greylag geese.
In the autumn, pale-bellied brent geese fly in from Svalbard,, pink-footed and greylag geese, widgeon, grey plovers and bartailed godwits are just some of the islands other visitors.
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.
It claims wildfowling has been practised in the area for generations with the main quarry being mallard wigeon, teal, pintail, Canada and Greylag geese.
When we lived near Watten in Caithness, my attempts to do so became a standing joke in our family, particularly in connection with whooper swans and 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.
After saying goodbye to the last of our summer visitors a few weeks ago, we are welcoming those birds that will be spending the winter months with us - pink-footed geese forming big noisy skeins in the sky, greylag geese grazing in the fields, and wigeon on the lake edges.
Growing numbers of greylag geese on Orkney are causing problems for farmers and crofters.