SWAN GOOSE Anser cygnoides

Now endangered and little-known, breeding in the steppe and marshes of China, Mongolia and Siberia, this is the forerunner of the domestic goose. Indeed, birds are occasionally seen which reflect the wild plumage. They don't form large flocks and don't breed colonially, wintering mainly in south and east China. Winter birds, which were formerly quite common in South Korea and Japan are now restricted to a few vagrants, so migration through Beidahe is probably the easiest place to see one. I haven't, so these are all captive birds.

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