Hybrid Goose (winter birds ). Photo by novembergale
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Hybrid Goose

Uploaded by: novembergale

Tuesday February 5, 2013

Dunkirk, NY (Current Weather Conditions)

Caption: This goose was hanging out with the Canada Geese at the Chadwick Bay Harbor in Dunkirk today. It looks like it may be a hybrid between a feral domestic and a Canada goose. Any other ideas of what it might be?

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5. trailhiker44
5:42 PM GMT on February 09, 2013
Quite a beauty ! It`s parents can be proud to have produced such a beautiful offspring !
Great find and wonderful shot !
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4. novembergale
6:54 PM GMT on February 06, 2013
Thank you for your comments. I did receive a very informed response:

My guess is you have a cross between 2 species - Greylag Goose (Anser anser) and the Swan Goose (Anser cygnoides). Both have domestic strains.

Most barnyard geese, such as Emden, Toulouse, Pilgrim etc are derived from the Greylag Goose. Chinese and African geese are descended from the Swan Goose.

The bird you have photographed has has a dark strip running down the back of the neck that is pretty typical of Brown Chinese and African Geese. It also has a bit of a bulge at the top of the bill - both African and Chinese Geese have substantial knobs on their foreheads. The general body shape seems to lean a little more toward a domestic Greylag of some sort.

Chinese and Africans have a slightly more erect stance, whereas other domestic geese hold themselves a bit more horizontally. Perhaps the easiest way to compare them would be by doing a quick Google image search.

One more thing - I would expect a Canada x Domestic goose to have some dark pigmentation on the bill and bare parts - this does not seem to be the case with this bird.

Buffalo, NY
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3. Doesiedoats
6:48 PM GMT on February 06, 2013
Well, the parents are to be congratulated.

This is a very interesting and handsome goose.
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2. hurricanep
1:46 AM GMT on February 06, 2013
Interesting, it looks like a cross breed!Beautiful shot!
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1. WeatherWise
12:46 AM GMT on February 06, 2013
I don't have a clue about type but it is
definitely a pretty one in a pretty snowy
white setting. Great work - Thanks for
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