289. Anser ferus

289. Anser ferus.

THE LAG or GREY GOOSE.

Raj-hans, Hans, India; Kallank, Karhans, Bhaugulpore; Sona, N. W. P.; Mogala, Nepal; Kangnai, Manipur; Ghaz, Kashgar.

Female 30" to 35" ; 5 3/4 to 9 lbs. Legs tile-red. Bill fleshy, tip white. Head and neck dove-brown, tinged grey. Irides deep brown. No white on forehead. Above dark brown, edged paler. Below light brown, with black bars on lower breast. Female one-seventh shorter than the male. The origin of the Domestic Goose in Europe. Blyth states that the tame Geese of India are a mixed race, and hybrids between A. ferus and C. cygnoides, the Chinese Goose. Europe north of 50° lat., C. Asia, and S. Siberia, migrating to S. Europe, N. Africa, S.W. Asia, and N. India. Six to fourteen eggs (3 1/2 x 2.4), chalky white. (J. 948, B. 1579.) See illustration, p. 254.

Also A. rubrirostris. 33". Legs and bill red, similar to A. ferus, but more marked with black below. Distinguished by many as the Eastern race.

BookTitle: 
Game, Shore And Water Birds Of India
Reference: 
Le Messurier, Augustus. Game, Shore, and Water Birds of India Fourth Edition, 1904.
Title in Book: 
289. Anser ferus
Book Author: 
A Le Messurier
CatNo: 
289
Year: 
1904
Page No: 
253
Common name: 
Lag Or Grey Goose
M_ID: 
272
M_CN: 
Greylag Goose
M_SN: 
Anser anser
Volume: 
4th ed.
Term name: 
id: 
13143

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