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Bean Goose (Anser fabalis)

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Length (cm):
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66-84
Wingspan (cm):
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142-175
Weight (gram):
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2220-4060
Size group:
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Bigger than a crow

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Appearance:

Description of main identification features in chosen species' appearance.  Some bird anatomy terms are used, and it may be useful to study the photos above to learn them. All text written by Audun Eriksen.

Sound:

Description of song and calls, and what to listen for in the audio files, and when learning the species. Some music terminology is used. Timbre: tone colour or tone quality. Ritardando: Tempo slowing down gradually. Register break: abrupt change in pitch due to sudden jump in resonating length of throat (typically in long-necked birds).

Distribution:

Link to distribution map at birdguides

Ecology:

Link to webpage describing ecology and population of the species.

Links:

A collection of hyperlinks for each species can be found here. You can easily see latest observations, additional photos/sounds and watch videos of the species without having to search for the species name.

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Appearance:

Orange legs, black and orange bill. Differs from juvenile White-fronted Goose by less contrast between cheeks and base of bill and crown, more prominent pale edges on back feathers, and by bill colour. Has much darker back than Pink-footed Goose (and never greyish). Colour of legs and bill can be surprisingly difficult to judge in unfavourable light. 2 subspecies that may be considered separate species in near future: A.f.rossicus has shorter bill with more extensive black markings than A.f.fabalis.

Sound:

Do not call as much as other grey geese. Sounds similar to the lower sounds of Pink-footed goose, with various reedy calls, but harder, less nasal and more of a "sore throat".

Contact call:

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Distribution:

IUCN Redlist map

Ecology:

Birdlife ecology

Links:

Observation.org Latest observations

Video IBC

Image search Flickr NB! May give other species

Sound search at Xeno-canto

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Sounds:Recorded by Jens Kirkeby, http://www.xeno-canto.org ,CC license

Similar species (image):
Likely confusion species, appearance
Similar species (sound):
Likely confusion species, calls
Silhouette Group:
Approximate shape of bird
Duck-like
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Several different images of the species

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Several different sounds of the species

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