824. Anser albifrons

824. White-fronted Goose.
Anser albifrons (Scop.), Ana. i. Hist. Nat. p. 69 (1769) ; Naum. xi. p. 351, Taf. 289 ; Hewitson, ii. p. 387, pl. cix. fig. 3 ; Gould, B. of E. v. pl. 349 ; id. B. of Gt. Brit. v. pl. 4 ; Dresser, vi. p. 375, pl. 414 ; Salvadori, Cat. B. Br. Mus. xxvii. p. 92 ; David and Oust. Ois. Chine, p. 492 ; Ridgway, p. 116 ; Blanf. F. Brit. Ind. Birds, iv. p. 417 ; Seebohm, B. Jap. Emp. p. 237 ; Saunders, p. 399 ; Lilford, vii. p. 60, pl. 21.
Oie rieuse, French ; Oca lombardella, Ital. ; Blassengans, Lachgans, German ; Kolgans, Dutch ; Blisgaas, Dan. and Norweg. ; Blasgas, Swed. ; Kazarka, Russ. ; Kari-gane, Jap.
Male ad. (Scotland). Upper parts dark ashy brown, the wing-coverts ashy brown tipped with dirty white ; a broad band covering the forehead extending nearly to the eye, and a smaller spot at the base of the lower mandible pure white ; under parts white, the flanks ashy brown, the breast and abdomen boldly blotched with black ; bill and legs orange- yellow, nail white ; iris dark brown. Culmen 2.25, wing 17.0, tail 6.0, tarsus 2.65 inch. Female rather smaller, with the white on the forehead less developed. The young bird is duller, lacks the black on the under parts and has the white on the forehead considerably less developed.
Hab. Europe, from the north of Norway to the Mediterranean ; rare in Finland, Greenland, and Iceland ; North Africa in the winter ; Asia east to Japan, north to Siberia, south in winter to Northern India ; North. America south in winter to Texas, Mexico, and Cuba.
Does not differ from its allies in its habits, but is said to prefer low, damp localities to the uplands. It feeds on vege┬Čtable matter, but is stated by some authors to eat, to some extent at least., insects. It breeds in the high north near water, not immediately on the coast, making a tolerably large nest which is placed on the ground, and deposits 4 to 6 yellowish white eggs, which measure about 3.06 by 2.2.

A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 2. 1903.
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824. Anser albifrons
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H. E. Dresser
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White Fronted Goose
Greater White-fronted Goose
Anser albifrons
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