Taiga Bean Goose

Taiga Bean Goose

Scientific name: Anser fabalis

Did you know: The Taiga Bean Goose, a visitor to the UK in winters, gets its unique name from its old habit of grazing in bean fields!

What Do Taiga Bean Geese Look Like? (How to Identify Them)

The Taiga Bean Goose stands out in the UK for its distinct, darker brown plumage compared to other ‘grey geese’. It’s recognised by its orange legs, a darker head and neck, and a noticeable yellow-orange patch covering more than half of its bill. 

Typically larger than the Tundra Bean Goose, it boasts a sleek body, a longer neck, and a wingspan ranging between 147-175 cm.

Differences Between Male and Female Taiga Bean Geese

While both sexes share a similar appearance with brown upper parts and an orange bill band, the female is slightly smaller than the male. This size difference is subtle but can be noted upon careful observation.

What Do Taiga Bean Geese Eat?

These geese primarily feed on a vegetarian diet including grass, seeds, cereals, and occasionally agricultural crops like potatoes, beets, and corn. They forage in flocks, often seen grazing in fields and wetlands.

Where Do Taiga Bean Geese Live? (Including Migration Info)

Breeding across the taiga forests from Western Siberia to Scandinavia, Taiga Bean Geese migrate to Western Europe for wintering. The UK is a favoured winter destination, with notable sites in Scotland and eastern England. 

Their migratory pattern is fascinating, as they traverse great distances, arriving as late as November and departing in February.

Bird Calls & Songs (The Unique Voices of Taiga Bean Geese)

Taiga Bean Geese are known for their loud honking calls, which are higher-pitched in the smaller subspecies. This distinctive sound adds to the symphony of nature in their habitats.

Fun Taiga Bean Goose Facts (Kid-Friendly)

  • Taiga Bean Geese can live up to 7 years.
  • They have a wingspan of up to 175 cm.
  • During winter, you can spot about 200-300 of these geese in the UK.
  • They lay 4-5 white eggs, and the chicks are born with olive-brown and yellow down.
  • Despite their size, they have a diet similar to rabbits, munching mostly on grass and seeds!

Facts About The Taiga Bean Goose

Diet: Grass, cereals, potatoes and other crops.
Bird Family: Ducks, geese and swans
Length: 66-88 cm
Wingspan: 147-175 cm
Weight: 2.6-4.0 kg (m), 2.2-3.4 kg (f)
Scientific Name: Anser fabalis

The Taiga Bean Goose Can Be Seen In The UK During The Following Months

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • October
  • November
  • December

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