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Bean Goose

Anser fabalis

Order

ANSERIFORMES

Family

Geese and Ducks (Anatidae)

BTO 2

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BTO 5

BEAGO

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CONSERVATION STATUS

UK Conservation Status


Amber Status

European Conservation Status


Not a species of Concern

Conservation Description


The Bean Goose has a large breeding range that extends from northern Scandinavia to northeastern Russia. This bird species winters in scattered locations in western Europe east across Asia to China, and has occurred as a vagrant to several countries at the southern fringes of its natural distribution and the United States. It breeds in damp tundra and boggy meadows, and winters in marshes, rice paddies, shallow lakes, wet grasslands, and in the flood plains of rivers. The Bean Goose is thought to have a population large enough to not warrant its inclusion on the IUCN Red List and is therefore evaluated as Least Concern.

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Bean Goose: A medium-sized goose with dark brown upperparts, light brown underparts, and a white belly and vent. Dark brown barring on the flanks, light brown barring on the back, white edging to the secondary coverts, and a white, "u-shaped" rump. Orange and black bill, and orange legs.


Range and Habitat

Bean Goose: Visits UK in small numbers during autumn and winter after breeding season in north Scandinavia, Russia and Asia. Birds in UK usually come from Scandinavia. Can be seen Scotland, east and south-east England between September and March. Favors bogs and wet meadows.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Bernard Sound

Bean Goose 3

"Ung-ung-ank" and other calls.

Bean Goose 4

Various calls.

Voice Text

"ung-ank"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Bean Goose gets its English and scientific names from its habit of grazing in bean field stubbles. Intolerant of disturbance, they prefer fields with no other grazing livestock and choose open areas with unobstructed sight lines for feeding and roosting.
  • Some authoruties have split them into two species, the Taiga and the Tundra Bean Goose. They differ in bill pattern and size, as well as body size. Both species occur in the UK.
  • They were a common winter visitor to northern and eastern Britain during the first half of the 19th century. A widespread decline in numbers began in the 1860-70s. By the early part of the 20th century only a few flocks remained.
  • A group of bean geese are known as a "pod" of geese.

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