STATUS IN THE WILD: Least Concern
RANGE: Mongolia, Northern China, and Southeastern Russia
PHYSICAL FEATURES AND CHARACTERISTICS
Chinese geese are a light-weight, short, and compact bird. Males typically weigh between eleven to twenty-two pounds and females weigh eight to twenty pounds. They come in two varying colors: brown/grey and white. The brown/grey variety has a brown stripe down the back of the neck, a cream throat, and black bill, while the white variety is solid white with an orange bill. Both males and females have a large basal knob on their top bill. It is more prominent in males and can be used to determine gender. They have loud and drawn-out vocalizations. They are considered to be one of the more talkative breed of geese.
LIFESTYLE AND REPRODUCTION
Most breeding occurs in the spring between February and June. They normally produce fifty to sixty eggs over the breeding season but they have been known to lay up to one hundred eggs. Some geese can live up to forty years. They can reach their mature size in just twelve weeks and reach sexual maturity at two to three years of age. They are also raised by both parents.
They are a migratory goose that breeds in inland Mongolia, northernmost China, and southeastern Russia. Most of them migrate to central and eastern China for the winter.
Chinese geese are a domesticated bird from China. They can be found near marshes and wetlands.
They are excellent grazers and can get almost all of their nutritional needs from green grass, clover, dandelions, and other available plants. They also have been known to feed on aquatic animals, seeds, small fish, and snails.