Tundra Bean Goose

Tundra Bean Goose

Scientific name: Anser serrirostris

Did you know: The Tundra Bean Goose, a winter guest in the United Kingdom, can be easily spotted due to its unique orange legs and smaller size compared to its relative, the Taiga Bean Goose.

What Do Tundra Bean Geese Look Like? (how to identify them)

Tundra Bean Geese are notable for their darker, browner shades compared to other grey geese species. These geese feature striking orange legs, a darker head and neck, and a bill typically showcasing a smaller yellow-orange patch. 

They are generally smaller and sturdier than the Taiga Bean Goose, with a more compact body and a relatively shorter neck.

Differences Between Male And Female Tundra Bean Geese

While both genders exhibit similar plumage, males are slightly heavier than females. The male Tundra Bean Goose averages around 3.2 kg, while females tend to weigh about 2.84 kg. This subtle difference in size is one of the few distinguishing features between the sexes.

What Do Tundra Bean Geese Eat?

These geese primarily feed on grass, cereals, and potatoes. They are often found foraging in farmlands and wetlands, making the most of the agricultural crops available.

Where Do Tundra Bean Geese Live? (inc. migration info)

Breeding in the Russian tundra, Tundra Bean Geese migrate to Europe for wintering, with no fixed wintering sites. In the United Kingdom, their presence is more pronounced in eastern England, especially in locations like WWT Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, and Holkham Marshes, Norfolk. 

Their arrival in the UK is typically linked to colder conditions in continental Europe.

Bird Calls & Songs (the unique voices of Tundra Bean Geese)

The Tundra Bean Goose is known for its loud, honking call, which tends to be higher in pitch in the smaller subspecies. This distinctive sound sets them apart from other goose species and is a delightful treat for birdwatchers.

Fun Tundra Bean Goose Facts (kid-friendly)

  • Tundra Bean Geese have a wingspan of 118-140 centimetres.
  • They can live in groups but often travel in small numbers or even alone.
  • These geese have an amber conservation status, indicating they need some attention to keep their population stable.
  • The unique orange band on their bill is like their own natural fashion statement!
  • Despite their name, Tundra Bean Geese are more often found in farmlands and wetlands during winter.

Facts About The Tundra Bean Goose

Diet: Grass, cereals, potatoes and other crops.
Bird Family: Ducks, geese and swans
Length: 53-70cm
Wingspan: 118-140cm
Weight: 1.9-3.3kg (m), 2.0-2.8kg (f)
Scientific Name: Anser serrirostris

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

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

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