Anser cinereus

Anser cinereus, Mey.

945. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 779 ; Butler, Guzerat ; Stray Feathers, Vol. IV, p. 26 ; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 283; Game Birds of India, Vol. III, p. 55 ; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India; Ibis, 1885, p. 136.


Length, 30 to 35; expanse, 58 to 68 ; wing, 15.75 to 19.0 ; tail, 5.75 to 7.0; tarsus, 2.5 to 3.2 ; weight, 5 3/4 to 8 14/16 lbs.

Bill creamy-white to pale livid fleshy-pink or dingy livid purplish-red ; nail sullied white ; irides brown.

Legs and feet vary in color, similar to the bill.

Head and neck clove-brown, tinged with grey, the forehead whitish ; back, scapulars, greater and middle wing-coverts, clove-brown, the feathers broadly edged with greyish-white ; lower back and upper tail-coverts bluish-ashy; lesser wing-coverts and base of the primaries bluish-grey; primaries black, shaded with grey, with the shafts white ; secondaries black, edged with white ; rump and sides of the upper tail-coverts white; tail brown, edged with white, the outermost one almost wholly white; breast and upper belly greyish white, undulated with bars of a deeper tint; lower abdomen and under tail-coverts white.

The Grey or Lag Goose of England is very common in Sind, occurring in all the larger lakes, and on the river ; it is far from being uncommon in Guzerat, Central India and Rajputana; it does not occur in the Deccan.

It is a- cold weather visitant only. It is very variable in plumage, scarcely two birds being found alike.

Handbook to the Birds of the Bombay Presidency
Barnes, Henry Edwin. Handbook to the birds of the Bombay Presidency, 1885.
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Anser cinereus
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Barnes, H. Edwin
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Grey Goose
Greylag Goose
Anser anser
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