2256. Anser neglectus

(2256) Anser neglectus.

Sushkin's Goose.

Anser neglectus Sushkin, Bull. B. O. C, v, p. 6 (1895) (East Russia).

Vernacular names. None recorded.

Description. This species is distinguished from A. brachyrhynchus by its larger size, much larger bill and by having the secondary wing-coverts blackish-brown, thus contrasting with the other coverts. From the various forms of Anser fabalis it is distinguished by its very bright pink feet and bill, by the slenderness and narrowness of the latter and by its darker head and neck.

Colours of soft parts. Iris brown. " Bill: nail black, base of bill black as far as the extreme edge of the nostrils, but with the edge uneven and receding slightly in the centre; band of bill a lovely carmine-pink; feet vivid fleshy red" {Notes by Mr. N. Mundy).

Measurements. Wing 449 to 500 mm.; tail about 135 to 160 mm.; tarsus about 74 to 80 mm.; culmen 55 to 63 mm.

Distribution. Eastern Russia and probably much of Central Eastern Europe from Hungary eastwards; through Asia Minor to Persia; Seebohm obtained it on the Yenesei, which is probably its Eastern limit.

In India three specimens were obtained by Mr. N. Mundy Dr. Moore and myself and there is little doubt it occurs in Assam not uncommonly. It is probable that the majority of the occurrences of a Pink-footed and Pink-billed Goose noted under A. brachyrhynchus refer to this bird, especially those from the North-West of India.

Nidification. This goose breeds on Novaya Zemlya, almost certainly also in Kolquev and probably also in the Sargai district near Urkach. Nests and eggs apparently do not differ from those of the Bean-Goose, and Sushkin, in epistola, tells me " it breeds East to the Obi but owing to its differences not having been appreciated, it is impossible to say much about its breeding with proper certainty

Habits. Those of the genus.

The Fauna Of British India, Including Ceylon And Burma-birds(second Edition)
Baker, EC S (1922–1930) The fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Second edition. vol.6 1929.
Title in Book: 
2256. Anser neglectus
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
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Common name: 
Sushkins Goose
Anser fabalis fabalis
Vol. 6
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