Waterfowl Commonly Seen in Practice

Pilgrim geese

Pilgrim Goose

Traditionally thought to have come to America with the pilgrims, the pilgrim goose, as we know it, is a relatively new breed.

Pilgrims are medium-sized geese, weighing 5.9-6.4 kg (13-14 lb) at maturity. The pilgrim goose is described as an “auto-sexing breed” because sexual dimorphism based on coloration occurs in goslings and mature adults.

  • Day-old males are silver-yellow with light-colored bills. Females are olive-gray with their darker bills.
  • Adult ganders are mostly white, usually with gray rumps (which are covered by the wings). Mature geese (females) are a soft dove gray with variable amounts of white in their faces. Eyes are blue in ganders and dark brown in geese.
  • Bills and legs are orange in both sexes.

The pilgrim goose is a calm, quiet, personable bird.

Image by ‘scillystuff’


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To cite this page: Pollock C. Waterfowl commonly seen in practice. December 19, 2012. LafeberVet Web site. Available at https://lafeber.com/vet/waterfowl-commonly-seen-in-practice/