Image from page 298 of "The sportsman's British bird book" (1908)
Authors: Lydekker, Richard, 1849-1915
Publisher: London : Rowland Ward
Contributing Library: American Museum of Natural History Library
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ftenmakes its appearancein large flocks. Inthe spring of 1897an enormous party ofmigrating birds wasobserved passing overLondonderry, ofwhich the centre wascomposed of plovers,curlews, and otherwaders, while theflanking consisted ofwild geese, belongingprobably for the mostpart to the present species. It has been suggested that some Irish specimens belong tothe American race. With the exception that its cackling is more rapid—whence thename of laughing-goose, by which it is sometimes called,—this speciesdiffers in no essential respects in the matter of habits from the grey laggoose. A smaller form of white-fronted goose, known as Anser erytJiropus(or ininuttis), inhabiting eastern Europe and Asia, is now generallyregarded as a distinct species. In length it is only 21 inches,and it has a relatively smaller, and generally darker plumage, with thewhite at the root of the beak extending to the top of the head betweenthe eyes. One specimen of this lesser white-fronted goose was killed
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MOUNTED IN THE ROWLAND WARD STUDIOS WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE. 276 DUCK GROUP in Northumberland in 1886, a second in Somersetshire in 1888, anda third in Norfolk in 1901 ; while a goose shot many years ago inYorkshire may belong to the same species. Bean-Goose(Anser fabalis) Somewhat darker than the preceding species, thebean-goose (described in many works under thename of A. segetiiDi) may be distinguished by thecolouring of the beak, in which the nail is black and a larger orsmaller area behind this oranee. Additional distinctive characters are
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