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Graylag Goose Anser anser

Described by: Linnaeus (1758)
Alternate common name(s): Greylag Goose, Gray-Lag Goose, Western Graylag Goose, Eastern Graylag Goose, Grey-Lag Goose, Western Greylag Goose, Eastern Greylag Goose
Old scientific name(s): None known by website authors


Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur, Rajasthan, India - Dec 1, 2001 © Dave Behrens  Lac du Der, Marne, Champagne-Ardenne, France - Dec 8, 2001 © Pascal Dubois  Lac du Der, Marne, Champagne-Ardenne, France - Dec 8, 2001 © Pascal Dubois  Lac de RillÚ, Indre-et-Loire, Centre, France - Dec 25, 2002 © Alain FossÚ  Lac de RillÚ, Indre-et-Loire, Centre, France - Dec 25, 2002 © Alain FossÚ 
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Iceland; C. Palearctic from w. Europe to e. Asia;
Fragmented distribution in the Palearctic region;
(1) Breeds from Iceland, Ireland, Scotland (Outer Hebrides), England, Netherlands, Belgium, coastal Norway, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Denmark, e. Germany, Poland (Karsiborska Kepa at the mouth of the River Swina), ex. e. Austria, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Yugoslavia (Sava and Danube River basins), n. Greece (Macedonia), w. Turkey, Romania, Bulgaria, Russia from the Gulf of Finland, Lakes Ladoga and Onega, s. Ukraine (Kuybyshev Res.), n. Black Sea (lower Volga River) and the Sea of Azov to the Caucasus (Azerbaydzhan). Winters in Ireland, Scotland, England, Belgium Netherlands, w. Germany, ex. e. Austria (Neusiedlersee), Black Sea (Danube delta, Sea Azov), Turkey, n. Greece, Albania, se. Yugoslavia, Italy, s. France, (Camargue), Spain (Rio Ebro and Rio Guadalquivir deltas), Portugal, n. Morocco, n. Algeria, n. Tunisia, Syria, Jordan.
(2) Breeds from c. Russia w. of the Ural Mountains, n. and w. Caspian Sea, se. Iraq, Transcaucasus in ex. nw. and ne. Iran, Afghanistan, n. in the Ob River valley of w. Siberia to the Gulf of Ob and s. to Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Turkestan then across s. Siberia (Lake Baikal) to the Soviet Far East (Ussuriland, Amurland, Amur River Valley) and across n. China from w. Sinkiang (valleys of the Tien Shan Mountains), Tsinghai, Kansu, n. Ningsia, Mongolia (Altai Mountain valleys) and Inner Mongolia (s. of Khangai) to Manchuria. Winters in se. Iraq, sw. Iran along the Persian Gulf, n. Iran along the s. Caspian Sea and e. Iran along the sw. Afghanistan border in the Sistan Basin), Uzbek, s. Kazakhstan, w. China, Pakistan (Salt Range Lakes), n. India (Kashmir, Punjab, Rajasthan in the Bharatpur Sanctuary, Orissa (Lake Chilika), Manipur (Lake Logtak), Bangladesh, n. and c. Burma, n. and c. Vietnam to e. China, Taiwan and Hainan. This race has been introduced in Belgium.


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Location unknown - Date unknown Source: Jeff Blincows Sound Gallery
Location unknown - Date unknown Source: ETI BioInformatics


Clements, James F. Birds of the World: A Checklist. Vista, CA: Ibis Publishing Company, 2000.


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