An elevated knob at the base of the upper mandible: upper parts of the body brownish gray, the edges of the feathers paler: a black list down the nape of the neck.

Anser Guineensis, Briss. Orn. vol. ii. p. 435. Chinese Goose, Lath. Syii. vol. hi. p. 447. Swan Goose, Bew. Brit. Birds, vol. ii. p. 274.

Dimensions

Entire length three feet four inches.

Description

(Male). A white streak from the corners of the mouth surrounding the base of the upper mandible: down the nape a longitudinal black stripe reaching from the occiput to the back; this last, and all the rest of the upper parts, brownish gray, with the edges of the feathers somewhat paler: fore part of the neck and breast yellowish brown; belly, abdomen, and under tail-coverts, white; flanks brownish gray, the feathers edged with white: bill with a large protuberance at the base of the upper mandible; black, the base and protuberance sometimes orange: under the throat a loose skin, forming a kind of pouch and almost bare of feathers: legs black. (Female). Smaller: the frontal protuberance not so much developed. (Egg). White: long. diam. three inches three lines; trans, diam. two inches two lines.

A domesticated species, common in many parts of England on artificial pieces of water. Native country somewhat doubtful. Said by some to have been brought originally from Guinea, Of restless habits, and very clamorous. Spends much of its time on land, seldom taking to the water except for safety in time9 of danger. Feeds on grain and vegetables. Lays in March.