Appearance: - The Swan Goose is a fairly large goose with a long swan-like black beak, the cap which extends below the eye and the back of neck are chestnut brown, while the bottom half of the face and also front and sides of the neck are pale buff, a narrow white band around the base of the beak, upperparts and flanks are grey-brown with whitish edges to the feathers, underparts are a paler brown, and undertail coverts are white. Legs and feet are orange. Both sexes are similar although the male is larger and has a longer beak and neck.
Size: - Typical Adult is 81-94cm (32-37in).
Food: - Aquatic vegetation, sedges, and grazes on plains and stubble fields.
Habitat/Range: - Wetlands, marshes, lakes, and estuaries in north China, Mongolia, and south-east Russia. Winters in central and eastern China.
Breeding Season: - From late April to May.
Eggs: - 5 to 8 (white colour).
Notes: - The Swan Goose is a member of the Anser genus (Grey Geese). It has been domesticated and called the Chinese Goose. Due to hunting these birds have been in decline. They are shy and wary birds which give out a honking warning call when alarmed.
Conservation status (IUCN 3.1):
Classification: - Family: Anatidae,
Subfamily: Anserinae, Genus: Anser.