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Goose
Canada Goose
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Subfamily: Anserinae

Goose (plural geese, male gander(s)) is the English name for a considerable number of birds, belonging to the family Anatidae. This family also includes swans, most of which are larger than geese, and ducks, which are smaller. “Raging Storm” redirects here. ... Look up goose in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1440x750, 199 KB) A Canada Goose flying at Burnaby Lake Regional Park (Piper Spit), Burnaby, British Columbia. ... For the outerwear manufacturer, see Canada Goose (clothing). ... For other uses, see Scientific classification (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Animal (disambiguation). ... Typical Classes See below Chordates (phylum Chordata) are a group of animals that includes the vertebrates, together with several closely related invertebrates. ... For other uses, see Bird (disambiguation). ... Families Anhimidae Anseranatidae Anatidae †Dromornithidae †Presbyornithidae The order Anseriformes contains about 150 species of birds in three families: the Anhimidae (the screamers), Anseranatidae (the Magpie-goose), and the Anatidae, which includes over 140 species of waterfowl, among them the ducks, geese, and swans. ... Subfamilies Dendrocygninae Thalassorninae Anserinae Stictonettinae Plectropterinae Tadorninae Anatinae Aythyinae Merginae Oxyurinae and see text Anatidae is the biological family that includes the ducks and most duck-like waterfowl, such as geese and swan. ... Genera Cygnus Coscoroba Anser (including Chen) Branta Cereopsis The Anserinae is a subfamily of the waterfowl family Anatidae. ... For other uses, see Bird (disambiguation). ... The hierarchy of scientific classification In biological classification, family (Latin: familia, plural familiae) is a rank, or a taxon in that rank. ... Subfamilies Dendrocygninae Thalassorninae Anserinae Stictonettinae Plectropterinae Tadorninae Anatinae Aythyinae Merginae Oxyurinae and see text Anatidae is the biological family that includes the ducks and most duck-like waterfowl, such as geese and swan. ... For other uses, see Swan (disambiguation). ... Subfamilies Dendrocygninae Oxyurinae Anatinae Aythyinae Merginae Duck is the common name for a number of species in the Anatidae family of birds. ...


This article deals with the true geese in the subfamily Anserinae, tribe Anserini. A number of other waterbirds, mainly related to the shelducks, have "goose" as part of their name, excluding the Hamish. ... Genera Cygnus Coscoroba Anser (including Chen) Branta Cereopsis The Anserinae is a subfamily of the waterfowl family Anatidae. ... In biology, a tribe is a taxonomic classification in between family and genus. ... Species Tadorna ferruginea Tadorna cana Tadorna tadornoides Tadorna variegata Tadorna cristata Tadorna tadorna Tadorna radjah The Shelducks, genus Tadorna, are a group of large birds in the Tadorninae subfamily of the Anatidae, the biological family that includes the ducks and most duck-like waterfowl such as the geese and swans. ...


True geese are medium to large birds, always (with the exception of the Nēnē) associated to a greater or lesser extent with water. Most species in Europe, Asia and North America are strongly migratory as wild birds, breeding in the far north and wintering much further south. However, escapes and introductions have led to resident feral populations of several species. Binomial name Branta sandvicensis (Vigors, 1833) The Hawaiian Goose or NÄ“nÄ“, Branta sandvicensis, is a species of goose endemic to the Hawaiian Islands. ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Asia (disambiguation). ... North America North America is a continent [1] in the Earths northern hemisphere and (chiefly) western hemisphere. ... Flock of Barnacle Geese during autumn migration Bird migration refers to the regular seasonal journeys undertaken by many species of birds. ...


Geese have been domesticated for centuries. In the West, farmyard geese are descended from the Greylag, but in Asia the Swan Goose has been farmed for at least as long. Domesticated animals, plants, and other organisms are those whose collective behavior, life cycle, or physiology has been altered as a result of their breeding and living conditions being under human control for multiple generations. ... Binomial name (Linnaeus, 1758) Subspecies Western Greylag Goose Eastern Greylag Goose Domesticated goose The Greylag Goose, Anser anser, is a bird with a wide range in the Old World. ... Binomial name Anser cygnoides (Linnaeus, 1758) The Swan Goose, Anser cygnoides, is a large goose breeding in Mongolia and eastern Russia. ...


All geese eat a largely vegetarian diet, and can become pests when flocks feed on arable crops or inhabit ponds or grassy areas in urban environments. They also take invertebrates if the opportunity presents itself; domestic geese will try out most novel food items for edibility. Invertebrate is an English word that describes any animal without a spinal column. ...


Geese usually mate for life, though a small number will "divorce" and remate. They tend to lay a smaller number of eggs than ducks but both parents protect the nest and young, which usually results in a higher survival rate for the young geese.

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True geese

White goose
White goose

The following are the living genera of true geese: Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 714 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2502 × 2102 pixel, file size: 844 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 714 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2502 × 2102 pixel, file size: 844 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... For other uses, see Genus (disambiguation). ...

The following two genera are only tentatively placed in the Anserinae; they may belong to the shelducks or form a subfamily on their own: Species see text. ... Domesticated geese are descendants of wild geese now kept as poultry. ... Binomial name Anser cygnoides (Linnaeus, 1758) The Swan Goose, Anser cygnoides, is a large goose breeding in Mongolia and eastern Russia. ... Other uses: Goose (disambiguation) Genera Anser Branta Chen Cereopsis † see also: Swan, Duck Anatidae Goose (plural geese) is the general English name for a considerable number of birds, belonging to the family Anatidae. ... Species see text. ... For the outerwear manufacturer, see Canada Goose (clothing). ... Species Tadorna ferruginea Tadorna cana Tadorna tadornoides Tadorna variegata Tadorna cristata Tadorna tadorna Tadorna radjah The Shelducks, genus Tadorna, are a group of large birds in the Tadorninae subfamily of the Anatidae, the biological family that includes the ducks and most duck-like waterfowl such as the geese and swans. ...

In addition, there are some goose-like birds known from subfossil remains found on the Hawaiian Islands. See Anserinae for more. Binomial name Cereopsis novaehollandiae Latham, 1802 The Cape Barren Goose, Cereopsis novaehollandiae, is a large goose resident in southern Australia. ... Prehistoric birds are various taxa of birds that became extinct before recorded history, or more precisely, before they could be studied alive by bird scientists. ... Subfossil is attributed to bones or whole skeletons (and, in general all materials having living parts that can become fossil) whose fossilization process is not complete, either for lack of time or because the condition in which bones were buried were non optimal for fossilization. ... Map of the Hawaiian Islands, a chain of islands that stretches 2,400 km in a northwesterly direction from the southern tip of the Island of Hawaii. ... Genera Cygnus Coscoroba Anser (including Chen) Branta Cereopsis The Anserinae is a subfamily of the waterfowl family Anatidae. ...


Other birds called "geese"

There are a number of mainly southern hemisphere birds called "geese", most of which belong to the shelduck subfamily Tadorninae. These are: southern hemisphere highlighted in yellow (Antarctica not depicted). ... Species Tadorna ferruginea Tadorna cana Tadorna tadornoides Tadorna variegata Tadorna cristata Tadorna tadorna Tadorna radjah The Shelducks, genus Tadorna, are a group of large birds in the Tadorninae subfamily of the Anatidae, the biological family that includes the ducks and most duck-like waterfowl such as the geese and swans. ... Genera Sarkidiornis Tadorna Malacorhynchus Cyanochen Chloephaga Neochen Alopochen Hymenolaimus Merganetta Tachyeres The Tadorninae is a subfamily of the Anatidae, the biological family that includes the ducks and most duck-like waterfowl such as the (geese and swans). ...

A genus of prehistorically extinct seaducks, Chendytes, is sometimes called "diving-geese" due to their large size. Binomial name Cyanochen cyanopterus (Rüppell, 1845) The Blue-winged Goose (Cyanochen cyanopterus) is a large sheldgoose, which is endemic to Ethiopia. ... Binomial name Neochen jubata (Spix, 1825) The Orinoco Goose (Neochen jubata ) is a member of the duck, goose and swan family Anatidae. ... Binomial name Alopochen aegyptiacus (Linnaeus, 1766) The Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiacus) is a member of the duck, goose and swan family Anatidae. ... Species Chloephaga melanoptera Chloephaga picta Chloephaga hybrida Chloephaga poliocephala Chloephaga rubidiceps Chloephaga is a genus of ducks in the bird family Anatidae. ... Prehistoric birds are various taxa of birds that became extinct before recorded history, or more precisely, before they could be studied alive by bird scientists. ... In biology and ecology, extinction is the ceasing of existence of a species or group of species. ... Genera Polysticta Somateria Histrionicus Camptorhynchus Melanitta Clangula Bucephala Mergellus Lophodytes Mergus † For other ducks, see also: Anatidae The seaducks, Merginae, form a subfamily of the duck, goose and swan family of birds, Anatidae. ...


The Spur-winged Goose, Plectropterus gambensis, is most closely related to the shelducks, but distinct enough to warrant its own subfamily, the Plectropterinae. Binomial name Plectropterus gambensis (Linnaeus, 1766) The Spur-winged Goose, Plectropterus gambensis, is a large African bird in the family Anatidae, related to the geese and the shelducks, but distinct from both of these in a number of anatomical features, and therefore treated in its own subfamily, the Plectropterinae. ... Binomial name Plectropterus gambensis (Linnaeus, 1766) The Spur-winged Goose, Plectropterus gambensis, is a large African bird in the family Anatidae, related to the geese and the shelducks, but distinct from both of these in a number of anatomical features, and therefore treated in its own subfamily, the Plectropterinae. ...


The three perching ducks in the genus Nettapus are named "pygmy geese", such as the Cotton Pygmy Goose, Nettapus javanica. The perching ducks were previously treated as a small group of ducks in the duck, goose and swan family Anatidae, grouped together on the basis of their readiness to perch high in trees. ... Species The pygmy geese are a group of very small perching ducks in the genus Nettapus which breed in the Old World tropics. ... Binomial name Nettapus coromandelianus Gmelin, 1789 The Cotton Pygmy Goose (Nettapus coromandelianus) is a small perching duck which breeds in India and southeast Asia and south to northern Australia. ...


The unusual Magpie-goose is in a family of its own, the Anseranatidae. Binomial name Anseranas semipalmata (Latham, 1798) The Magpie Goose, Anseranas semipalmata, is an unusual member of the bird order Anseriformes, which contains about 150 species in three families. ...


The Northern Gannet, a seabird, is also known as the Solan Goose although it is unrelated to the true geese. Binomial name Morus bassanus Linnaeus, 1758 Northern Gannet range The Northern Gannet (Morus bassanus, formerly Sula bassana) is a large seabird of the gannet family, Sulidae. ...


Etymology

Canada Goose gosling
Canada Goose gosling

Goose in its origins is one of the oldest words of the Indo-European languages (Crystal), the modern names deriving from the proto-Indo-European root, ghans, hence Sanskrit hamsa (feminine hamsii), Latin anser, Greek khén etc. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1440x960, 277 KB) Summary Licensing File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Goose Canada Goose User:Fir0002/Natures pics ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1440x960, 277 KB) Summary Licensing File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Goose Canada Goose User:Fir0002/Natures pics ... For the outerwear manufacturer, see Canada Goose (clothing). ... Proto-Indo-European Indo-European studies The Indo-European languages include some 443 (SIL estimate) languages and dialects spoken by about three billion people, including most of the major language families of Europe and western Asia, which belong to a single superfamily. ... Sanskrit ( , for short ) is a classical language of India, a liturgical language of Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, and Jainism, and one of the 23 official languages of India. ...


In the Germanic languages, the root word led to Old English gos with the plural gés, German Gans and Old Norse gas. Other modern derivatives are Russian gus and Old Irish géiss; the family name of the cleric Jan Hus is derived from the Czech derivative husa. Proto-Indo-European Indo-European studies The Germanic languages form one of the branches of the Indo-European (IE) language family, spoken by the Germanic peoples who settled in northern Europe along the borders of the Roman Empire. ... Jan Hus ( ) (IPA: , alternative spellings John Hus, Jan Huss, John Huss) (c. ...


The male goose is called a "gander" (Anglo-Saxon gandra) and the female is the "goose" (Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)); young birds before fledging are known as "goslings". A group of geese on the ground is called a gaggle; when flying in formation, it is called a wedge or a skein. See also List of collective nouns for birds. Noah Webster Noah Webster (October 16, 1758 – April 28, 1843) was an American lexicographer, textbook author, spelling reformer, political writer, word enthusiast, and editor. ... See also Collective noun. ...


See also

Download high resolution version (1760x1168, 312 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Download high resolution version (1760x1168, 312 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Binomial name (Linnaeus, 1758) Subspecies Western Greylag Goose Eastern Greylag Goose Domesticated goose The Greylag Goose, Anser anser, is a bird with a wide range in the Old World. ... There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ... Domesticated geese are descendants of wild geese now kept as poultry. ... There are currently 15 breeds of geese recognized by the American Poultry Association. ... Falcated Duck at Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands centre, Gloucestershire, England Wildfowl or waterfowl, also waterbirds, is the collective term for the approximately 147 species of swans, geese and ducks, classified in the order Anseriformes, family Anatidae. ... Falcated Duck at Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands centre, Gloucestershire, England Wildfowl or waterfowl, also waterbirds, is the collective term for the approximately 147 species of swans, geese and ducks, classified in the order Anseriformes, family Anatidae. ...

References

  • Carboneras, Carles (1992): Family Anatidae (Ducks, Geese and Swans). In: del Hoyo, Josep; Elliott, Andrew & Sargatal, Jordi (editors): Handbook of Birds of the World, Volume 1: Ostrich to Ducks: 536-629. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. ISBN 84-87334-10-5
  • Crystal, David (1998): The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language (Paperback) ISBN 0-521-55967-7

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Goose - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (524 words)
Goose (plural geese) is the general English name for a considerable number of birds, belonging to the family Anatidae.
In the West, farmyard geese are descended from the Greylag, but in Asia the swan goose has been farmed for at least as long.
Goose in its origins is one of the oldest words of the Indo-European languages, the modern names deriving from the proto-Indo-European root, ghans, hence Sanskrit hamsa (feminine hamsii), Latin anser, Greek khén etc.
Goose - LoveToKnow 1911 (2252 words)
In Scotland this goose continues to breed sparingly in several parts of the Highlands and in certain of the Hebrides, the nests being generally placed in long heather, and the eggs seldom exceeding five or six in number.
Thus the grey lag goose is the grey goose which in England when the name was given was not migratory but lagged behind the other wild species at the season when they betook themselves to their northern breedingquarters.
The largest living goose is that called the Chinese, Guinea or swan-goose, Cygnopsis cygnoides, and this is the stock whence the domestic geese of several eastern countries have sprung.
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