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Taiga Bean Goose
Includes Middendorff's Goose
 Taiga form (A. f. fabilis)
In flight, tail pattern is conspicuous: narrow white terminal band, broader black band, and the innermost part white. Vent and undertail coverts white. Both upper and lower sides of wings are dark, without much contrast between coverts and primaries/secondaries.
 Middendorff's Goose
Juveniles of both subspecies are more scaly on the back and always lack any white at the base of the bill.
 Similar species
Tundra Bean Goose, formerly considered a subspecies, is similar but has a shorter and heavier neck, a shorter bill, rarely more than a small orange spot near the tip of the bill which is always sharply defined.
In northern Europe, subspecies A. f. fabilis winters in southern Sweden, Denmark, and northern Poland west to northeastern Netherlands, generally to the north and east of where Tundra Bean Goose winters. In Britain, two small populations of Taiga Bean Goose regularly winter in the Falkirk area of Scotland, and at Buckenham Marshes (by Strumpshaw Fen) in southeast Norfolk, England. Overall, it is quite rare compared to Tundra Bean Goose; in the Netherlands, wintering numbers are around 500-1000, rising to 3,500 in severe winters (when birds from further northeast are pushed southwest), compared to around 30,000 Tundra Bean Geese.
Three subspecies are accepted:
In the past considered conspecific with Tundra Bean Goose and named as just Bean Goose Anser fabalis. Pink-footed Goose was also sometimes included in Bean Goose by some authors. Carboneras & Kirwan (2019) make a good case for the traditional approach of only one species, an approach also adopted by H&M4. 
Breeds in humid openings in northern forest, especially birch and coniferous forests. Winters in agricultural areas, mostly grassy fields.
In winter, it grazes in crops such as grass, cereals and potatoes; bean field stubbles were particularly liked by the fabilis form giving rise to its name. Middendorff's Goose is particularly fond of marshes.
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