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10 amazing facts about geese



© VIER PFOTEN | Martina Nachtsheim

  • As gostlings ducks and geese will bond with the first suitable moving stimulus, no matter if this is a goose, person or even an object. They remain dedicated to that person or object as their surrogate “parent” throughout their lives.
  • Geese are highly social animals. If they are raised around other livestock and fowl, they usually get along well with them.
  • Goose is actually the term for female geese, male geese are called ganders. A group of geese on land or in water are a gaggle, while in the air they are called a skein.
  • They have strong affections for others in their group. If a goose gets sick or is wounded, a couple of other geese may drop out of formation to help and protect him.
  • Geese eat seeds, nuts, grass, plants and berries.
  • They are the largest waterfowls, the other being swans. Though they are waterfowls, they spent most of their time on land.
  • Geese always fly in the shape of a ‘V’, as it allows at least 71% greater flying range. When the goose in the lead gets tired, another goose takes over the position.
  • Geese are very loyal. They mate for life and are protective of their partners and offspring.
  • They enjoy preening their feathers, foraging for food in the grass, and collecting twigs, bark, and leaves to use to make “home improvements” in their nests.
  • Geese express a mourning behavior when they lose their mating partner or their eggs.

 

 

Source:

- http://www.wildliferescueleague.org/pdf/canadageese.pdf

- https://www.planet-wissen.de/natur/voegel/entenvoegel/ pwieverhaltensforschungangraugaensen100.html#Lorenz

- https://www.planet-wissen.de/natur/voegel/entenvoegel/index.html

- https://www.focus.de/wissen/natur/tiere-und-pflanzen/forscher-analysieren-schwarm-deshalb-fliegen-zugvoegel-in-v-formation-1_id_3542294.html

- http://veg.ca/animal-issues/farm-animals/ducks-and-geese-personality/

- http://rsbl.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/early/2011/11/04/rsbl.2011.0917.short


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