821. Bean Goose.
Anser fabalis (Lath.), Gen. Synop. Suppl, i. p. 297 (1787) ; Salvadori Cat. B. Br. Mus. xxvii. p. 99 ; A. segetum, Gmel. Syst. Nat. i. p. 512 (1788), fig. Naum. xi. p. 300, Taf. 287 ; Hewitson, ii. p. 385, pl. cviii. fig. 2 ; Gould, B. of E. v. pl. 348 ; id. B. of Gt. Brit. v. pl. 2 ; Dresser, vi. p. 363, pl. 412 ; Tacz. F. O. Sib. O. p. 1095 ; Saunders, p. 401 ; Lilford, vii. p. 61, pl. 22.
Oie vulgaire, French ; Ganso, Portug, and Span. ; Oca granaiola, Ital. ; Saatgans, German ; Rietgans, Dutch ; Soedgaas, Dan. and Norweg. ; Sadgas, Swed. ; Metsahanhi, Finn.; Gumennik, Nemock, Russ. ; Hishikui, Jap.
Male ad. (England). Differs from A. ferus in being somewhat darker in colour, in lacking the black markings on the under parts, and the ashy blue on the wings, in being smaller in size, and in having the bill blackish, crossed by a broad orange yellow-band ; the nail black ; the legs orange-yellow. Culmen 2.35, wing 16.9, tail 5.7, tarsus 2.8 inch. Female similar but somewhat smaller. This species varies considerably in size in both sexes.
Hab. Europe generally, from Lapland and Novaya Zemlya down to North Africa in winter, and has occurred in Madeira ; Asia east to western Siberia ; does not occur in India.
In habits it does not differ from its allies, but it affects inland localities more especially, even when frequenting the coasts, flying far inland to feed. Its food consists of tender grass-shoots, grain, and tender roots of various kinds of grass, and it appears to feed chiefly at early dawn. It breeds like A. ferns, usually in damp localities, in the north of Sweden, Finland, and Russia, but not in Great Britain, depositing early in June 5 to 6 eggs, which resemble those of A. ferus but are smaller and somewhat smoother in texture of shell.
821. Anser fabalis
821. Bean Goose.