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Bean Goose

Anser fabalis fabalis (Latham, 1787)

Гуменник | Қырманқаз

Sorbulak lake, Almaty region
© Vassiliy Fedorenko


Very variable race. The lower mandible varies in thick and curved. Males' bill size: length 52-67 (61 av), height 26.4-34.5 (30.3), height of the lower mandible 6-10 (7.8) mm. Scapulars and wing coverts are darker, brown, with a slightly of grey colour. The colour of bill-strip and legs is more often yellow-orange, rare pinkish or reddish. Males' wing length 430-480 (450) mm.


Occurs on migration throughout in Kazakhstan. Sometimes wintering in southern Kazakhstan, on Sorbulak lake (34 birds at 6 November-12 December 2004; more tan 100 birds in 2012-2013), on Kapchagay reservoir (December 2002); one bird recorded on Chardara reservoir (18-21 December 2003). Also winters on Issyk-Kul lake in Kyrgyzstan.


Gavrilov E. I., Gavrilov A. E. "The Birds of Kazakhstan". Almaty, 2005. Э.И.Гаврилов. "Фауна и распространение птиц Казахстана". Алматы, 1999. В.К.Рябицев. "Птицы Урала, Приуралья и Западной Сибири". Екатеринбург. Изд-во Уральского университета, 2000.


relative taxons

Anser fabalis
(Latham, 1787)
Anser fabalis middendorffii
(Severtzov, 1873)

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