A large goose, with a distinctive black head and neck and large white throat patch.
An introduced species from North America, it has successfully spread to cover most of the UK.
It forms noisy flocks and is often regarded as a nuisance in areas where large numbers occur on amenity grassland and parks.
Swans, ducks and geese (Anatidae)
Where to see them
A familiar goose seen around lakes, gravel pits and town parks.
When to see them
All year round. In winter, occasional birds of small races are seen with other wild geese species in N Ireland and W Scotland, and may be vagrant wild birds.
What they eat
Vegetation – roots, grass, leaves and seeds.
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