Taiga Bean Goose

Anser fabalis (Latham, 1787) XF TABGO 1571
Family: Anseriformes > Anatidae

Taiga Bean Goose, Brendan Doe

Taiga Bean Goose is a winter visitor to the UK, arriving as late as late November and often departing during February.

The Taiga Bean Geese wintering in the UK use two main sites, one on the Slamannan Plateau in Stirlingshire, Scotland, and the other in the Yare Valley in East Anglia.

Individuals wintering in the UK, which probably number 200–300, are thought to come from the Lapland breeding population. Wetland Bird Survey data demonstrate how numbers fluctuate, with harsh conditions on the Continent sometimes resulting in an influx into the UK.

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  • Breeding
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Taiga Bean Goose identification is often difficult. The following article may help when identifying Taiga Bean Goose.

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Status and Trends

Population size and trends and patterns of distribution based on BTO surveys and atlases with data collected by BTO volunteers.


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Taiga Bean Goose is a localised and declining winter visitor. The main wintering strongholds are the Yare Valley, Norfolk and on the Slammanan Plateau, Stirlingshire. Elsewhere, small groups occur at coastal and inland sites and may move around within a winter.

Occupied 10-km squares in UK

European Distribution Map

European Breeding Bird Atlas 2


Taiga Bean Goose has only recently been recognised as a full species meaning we cannot measure of map changes in distribution.


Taiga Bean Goose is a very localised, and declining, winter visitor.

Weekly occurence of Taiga Bean Goose from BirdTrack
Weekly occurrence patterns (shaded cells) and reporting rates (vertical bars) based on BirdTrack data. Reporting rates give the likelihood of encountering the species each week.


Information about movement and migration based on online bird portals (e.g. BirdTrack), Ringing schemes and tracking studies.


View a summary of recoveries in the Online Ringing Report.


Lifecycle and body size information about Taiga Bean Goose, including statistics on nesting, eggs and lifespan based on BTO ringing and nest recording data.



View number ringed each year in the Online Ringing Report


Sample sizes are too small to report Biometrics for this species.

Feather measurements and photos on featherbase


For information in another language (where available) click on a linked name

Gaelic: Muir-ghèadh
Welsh: Gwydd Llafur y Taiga
Catalan: oca de bec curt
Czech: husa polní
Danish: Sædgås
Dutch: Taigarietgans
Estonian: rabahani
Finnish: metsähanhi
French: Oie des moissons
German: Saatgans
Hungarian: vetési lúd
Icelandic: Akurgæs
Irish: Síolghé
Italian: Oca granaiola della taiga
Latvian: sejas zoss
Lithuanian: želmenine žasis
Norwegian: Sædgås
Polish: ges zbozowa
Portuguese: ganso-campestre
Slovak: hus siatinná
Slovenian: njivska gos
Spanish: Ánsar campestre
Swedish: tajgasädgås

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