828. Anser cygnoides

828. CHINESE GOOSE.
ANSER CYGNOIDES.
Anser cygnoides (Linn), Syst. Nat. i. p. 108 (1766) ; Pall. Zoogr. Ross. As. ii. y. 218 and pl. ; David and Oust. Ois. Chine, p. 493 ; (Salvadori), Cat. B. Br. Mus. xxvii. p. 107 ; Seebohm, B. Jap. Emp. p. 235.
Suchonos, Russ. ; Sakatsura-hishikui, Jap.
Male ad. (Siberia). Crown and band along the hind-neck dark brown ; a narrow line round the base of the bill dull white ; cheeks and neck whitish, along the front of the neck tinged with brown ; upper parts greyish brown with pale margins to the feathers ; quills grey ; tail brownish grey with white margins ; under parts buffy white, fading to white on the abdomen and under tail-coverts ; breast-feathers with rusty margins ; flanks brown with pale margins ; bill black ; legs orange ; his reddish brown. Culmen 3.5, wing 17.7, tail 7.1, tarsus 3.0 inch. Domestic birds of this species, and occasionally wild birds, have a large frontal knob on the bill, and the domestic bird has the bill red.
Hab. Eastern Siberia, from the Ob river to Kamchatka and the Kurile Islands, wintering in China, resident in Japan ; Corea and Mongolia on passage ; Manchuria.
Though it does not differ from the other Geese in its general habits it is said to affect the rivers in preference to the lakes, and breeds on the grassy steppes, the nest being a mere depression in the ground lined with a little dry herbage, and deposits 4 to 6 eggs, which are creamy white, rather smooth in texture of shell, and measure about 3.24 by 2.10.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 2. 1903.
Title in Book: 
828. Anser cygnoides
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
828
Year: 
1903
Page No: 
593
Common name: 
Chinese Goose
M_ID: 
263
M_CN: 
Swan Goose
M_SN: 
Anser cygnoides
Volume: 
Vol. 2
id: 
10138

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