The taiga bean goose is the species of bean goose most likely to be seen in the UK. It tends to be darker and browner than the other 'grey geese' species with orange legs and a darker head and neck. It is typically larger than the related tundra bean goose with similar plumage, a sleeker body and longer neck. The yellow-orange patch on the bill usually covers more than half the bill. Breeds in the taiga from Western Siberia to Scandinavia and winters in Western Europe with small numbers regularly occuring at sites in Scotland and eastern England.
What they eat:
Grass, cereals, potatoes and other crops.
- 66-88 cm
- 147-175 cm
- 2.6-4.0 kg (m), 2.2-3.4 kg (f)
- UK wintering:
- 50,000 – 70,000 individuals