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Hybrid White-Fronted x Barnacle Goose? (Netherlands, Oct 17 2020) (1 Viewer)


Frank van de Velde

Yesterday I saw these three Geese (meadows, Edam, North-Holland, near IJsselmeer / vicinity of Amsterdam). Obviously hybrids. They were in the midst of a great many Greater White-Fronted and Greylags.

Two birds were quite identical (white heads) and one had a more brownish head (with obvious white front). I think all three of them are Greater White-Fronted x Barnacle hybrids though. But am I correct?

Bye, Frank


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Joern Lehmhus

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Yes , in my opinion you are correct. This is quite within the variation of this cross, and even siblings from the same brood can show this much variation ...

a hybrid that can look quite similar patternwise is Lesser whitefront x barnacle goose, but their bill generally looks stubbier.
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Joern Lehmhus

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Dear Frank,
another point: You will probably know that any Anser x Branta hybrid can show white on the forehead, even if neither parent shows that. In Greylag x canada this is also very frequent, but those are bigger and structurally different...


Frank van de Velde
Hello Joern,

Actually, I didn't know that. Another piece of knowledge to add to my beginners' understanding of Geese observation.

Thank you again!
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