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How Do You Tell The Difference Between Male & Female Chinese Geese?

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The Chinese goose (Anser cygnoides) is also called the swan goose. Though their wild relatives still roam free in Mongolia, China and Russia, the Chinese goose is best known in North America as a popular backyard pet. Telling a gander (male) from a female goose can often be accomplished with a few simple observations and comparisons. Measure the wing, bill and neck of the goose. Male Chinese geese are typically larger with a proportionally longer bill and neck. According to AvianWeb.com, the male's wing typically measures 45 to 46cm but is only 37.5 to 44cm in females. The male's bill is approximately 87 to 98mm long, while the female's is 75 to 85mm. The tarsus (leg below the thigh) of a male is around 81mm. Observe the round knob above the bill. A male's knob will be about twice as large as a female's. Listen to the goose's vocalization. According to CornerStone Farm in Virginia, breeders of Chinese geese for sale to backyard poulty-keepers, the male has a high and shrill honk that ... more
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