Category: Anseriformes

Bird stories, Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

Indians dwelling along the southwestern shore of Hudson Bay say that a small bird, one of the Fringillidae, performs its northward migration in spring on the back of the Canada goose. These geese reach Hudson Bay about the last of April, and the Indians state that when they are fired at little birds are seen […]

Bird stories, Black Swan (Cygnus arta)

On January 6, 1697, the famous Dutch navigator Willem de Vlaming, visiting the southwestern coast of Australia, sent two boats ashore to explore the present harbor of Perth. “There their crews first saw two and then more black swans, of which they caught four, taking two of them alive to Batavia; and Valentyne, who several […]

Bird stories, Bean Goose (Anser fabalis)

Gabriel hounds in Scandinavia are the bean geese calling to one another in their nocturnal journeys having a singular resemblance to the yelping of beagles. The story is that Gabriel, obliged to follow this airborne pack, is said to be human-headed, high in the dark air, as a punishment for having once hunted on Sunday. […]

Male achromatic wing colouration is related to body condition and female reproductive investment in a dichromatic species, the upland goose

Upland Goose (Chloephaga picta) Science Article 1 abstract In many bird species, achromatic plumage patch size can serve as a male status signal, but the use of variations in the achromatic colours themselves as a quality signal has only recently come into focus. In our study, we sought to determine whether achromatic plumage reflects individual […]

Lesser White-fronted Goose expedition to Eastern Syria, February 2007

Lesser White-fronted Goose (Anser erythropus) Science Article 3 abstract The expedition was carried out on 9-11 February 2007, as planned in earlier correspondence with the team working on the protection of Lesser White-fronted Goose Anser erythropus as well as Syrian and regional ornithologists. Participants included Anssi Kullberg currently working for the Finnish Embassy in Damascus […]

Wintering Greylag Geese Anser anser in North-Africa.

Greylag Goose (Anser anser) Science Article 3 abstract Goose counts at the three major wintering grounds of North Africa from 1981/82 to 1988/89 are presented and discussed. The origin of the Greylag Geese wintering there is documented by individually marked geese. These neck-banded geese also proved that movements occur between Tunisia and Algeria and supported […]

Remote sensing as a technique to assess reedbed suitability for nesting Greylag Geese Anser anser.

Greylag Goose (Anser anser) Science Article 1 abstract We studied Greylag Goose Anser anser nest distribution in relation to reed stem density in the Tgmmerby Fjord reedbed, Denmark, using rial photography to locate nests . Digitised photographs were used to establish a relationship be tween spectral signature and reed stem density. This technique classified 71% […]