Hybrid Geese

Geese hybridise readily, in captivity, among feral populations and among wild bird populations. Identifying hybrids is fraught with difficulties. Not only are they highly variable but they do not always simply show a mix of each parent species' features.

Regular visitors to this page will notice far fewer photos than before - it was getting unwieldy so I am now only showing examples of each hybrid here, with links to separate pages that contain more details and more photos of each type of hybrid.

 

(Greylag Goose x Swan Goose) x Mute Swan

Swoose

domestic goose (Greylag Goose x Swan Goose) x Mute Swan, Wool (Dorset, UK), 24th October 2010

For lots more photos and a full account of this very unusual bird, see the Swoose page.

 

Swan Goose x Greylag Goose

domestic geese

domestic Swan Goose x Greylag Goose hybrid, Graffham Water (Cambridgeshire, UK), 24th Spetember 2011

Domestic geese are descended from either Greylag Goose or Swan Goose, or both. Technically those that have both species in their ancestry are hybrids, but as it is often impossible to determine either way I have treated all domestic geese together on the domestic goose page.

 

Swan Goose x Bar-headed Goose

Swan Goose hybrids

possible Swan Goose x Bar-headed Goose, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 25th February 2007

For more photos and comment on this bird, see the Swan Goose hybrids page.

 

Swan Goose x Snow Goose

Swan Goose hybrids

possible domestic Swan Goose x Snow Goose hybrid, Whitlingham CP (Norfolk, UK), 5th February 2011

For more photos and comment on this bird, see the Swan Goose hybrids page.

 

Swan Goose x Barnacle Goose

Swan Goose hybrids

possible Swan Goose x Barnacle Goose, Welney (Norfolk, UK), 28th March 2009

For another photo and comment on this bird, see the Swan Goose hybrids page.

 

Pink-footed Goose x Tundra Bean Goose

Pink-footed Geese

Pink-footed Goose or hybrid Pink-footed Goose x Tundra Bean Goose, between Docking and Brancaster (Norfolk, UK), 17th November 2006

For a second photo and and some coment on this possible hybrid, see the Pink-footed Goose page (and scroll down).

 

Lesser White-fronted Goose x Ross's Goose

Lesser White-fronted Goose x Ross's Goose

probable Ross's Goose x Lesser White-fronted Goose hybrid, Whitlingham CP (Norfolk, UK), 17th January 2011

For lots more photos and comment on this bird, click here.

 

Lesser White-fronted Goose x Barnacle Goose

Lesser White-fronted Goose x Barnacle Goose

probable Lesser White-fronted Goose x Barnacle Goose, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 27th October 2007

For more photos and comment on this bird, click here.

 

White-fronted Goose x Greylag Goose

Greylag Goose x White-fronted Goose

probable White-fronted Goose x Greylag Goose, Stiffkey Fen (Norfolk, UK), 24th November 2013

For more photos and comment on this bird, see the White-fronted Goose x Greylag Goose hybrid page.

 

White-fronted Goose x Bar-headed Goose

White-fronted Goose x Bar-headed Goose

presumed White-fronted Goose x Bar-headed Goose, St James's Park (Greater London, UK), 15th July 2013

For more photos and comment on this bird, click here.

 

White-fronted Goose x Barnacle Goose

White-fronted Goose x Barnacle Goose

presumed White-fronted Goose x Greylag Goose, Flitcham (Norfolk, UK), 15th January 2004

White-fronted Goose x Barnacle Goose

presumed White-fronted Goose x Greylag Goose, Raynham Lake (Norfolk, UK), 10th February 2012

For more photos and comment on these and other birds, click here.

 

Greylag Goose x Canada Goose

Greylag Goose x Canada Goose

presumed Greylag Goose x Canada Goose hybrid, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 8th March 2008

Greylag Goose x Canada Goose

presumed Greylag Goose x Canada Goose hybrid (with Canada Goose), Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 20th September 2008

Greylag Goose x Canada Goose

presumed Greylag Goose x Canada Goose hybrid, Salthouse (Norfolk, UK), 28th October 2009

For lots more photos of these and other individuals, click here.

 

domestic goose x Canada Goose

Greylag Goose x Canada Goose

presumed (Greylag Goose x domestic Swan Goose) x Canada Goose hybrids, Thetford (Norfolk, UK), 9th February 2013

Greylag Goose x Canada Goose

presumed (Greylag Goose x domestic Swan Goose) x Canada Goose hybrid, Ythan Estuary (Aberdeenshire, UK), 18th March 2014

Greylag Goose x Canada Goose

probable domestic Greylag Goose x Canada Goose hybrid, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 6th March 2004

Greylag Goose x Canada Goose

probable domestic Greylag Goose x Canada Goose hybrid, Flitcham (Norfolk, UK), 1st October 2003

Greylag Goose x Canada Goose

probable domestic Greylag Goose x Canada Goose hybrid, Abberton Reservoir (Essex, UK), 21st August 2004

Greylag Goose x Canada Goose

probable (Greylag Goose x domestic Swan Goose) x Canada Goose hybrids, Drift Reservoir (Cornwall, UK), 1st October 2005

For more photos of these and other individuals, click here.

 

Greylag Goose x Barnacle Goose

Greylag Goose x Barnacle Goose

presumed Barnacle Goose x Greylag Goose, Holkham Park (Norfolk, UK), 22nd November 2004

For more photos and comment on this bird, click here.

 

Ross's Goose x Emperor Goose

Ross's Goose x Emperor Goose

probable Ross's Goose x Emperor Goose, S of Brancaster Staithe (Norfolk, UK), 30th November 2004

This bird was identified at the time as a Ross's Goose x Pink-footed Goose hybrid by many observers but it now seems more likely to have been a Ross's Goose x Emperor Goose.

For lots more photos and comment on this bird, click here.

 

Ross's Goose x Barnacle Goose

Ross's Goose x Barnacle Goose

presumed Ross's Goose x Barnacle Goose hybrid, Snettisham (Norfolk, UK), 17th March 2009

Ross's Goose x Barnacle Goose

probable Ross's Goose x Barnacle Goose hybrid, Blakeney Collection (Norfolk, UK), 12th February 2011

Ross's Goose x Barnacle Goose

probable Ross's Goose x Barnacle Goose hybrid, Salthouse (Norfolk, UK), 4th December 2010

Ross's Goose x Barnacle Goose

probable Ross's Goose x Barnacle Goose hybrid, Burnham Overy (Norfolk, UK), 12th January 2013

Ross's Goose x Barnacle Goose

probable Ross's Goose hybrid, between Amner and Shernborne (Norfolk, UK), 9th January 2011

For more photos of these and other individuals, click here.

 

Snow Goose x Barnacle Goose

Snow Goose x Barnacle Goose

probable Snow Goose x Barnacle Goose hybrid, Buckenham (Norfolk, UK), 1st January 2010

For more photos and comment on this bird, click here.

 

Canada Goose x Barnacle Goose

Canada Goose x Barnacle Goose

Canada Goose x Barnacle Goose (with Barnacle Goose), Hickling Rushill Scrape (Norfolk, UK), 10th August 2009

For more photos of this bird, click here.

 

Cackling Goose x Barnacle Goose

Cackling Goose x Barnacle Goose

Cackling Goose (probably Richardson's) x Barnacle Goose, between Amner and Shernborne (Norfolk, UK), 12th January 2011

For more photos and comment on this bird, click here.

 

Barnacle Goose x Red-breasted Goose

Barnacle Goose x Red-breasted Goose

presumed Red-breasted Goose x Barnacle Goose, Whitlingham CP (Norfolk, UK), 1st July 2011

For more photos of this bird, click here.

 

Dark-bellied Brent Goose x Red-breasted Goose

Dark-bellied Brent Goose x Red-breasted Goose

presumed Dark-bellied Brent Goose x Barnacle Goose, Oare Marshes (Kent, UK), 26th December 2012

For more photos of this bird, click here.

 

Black Brant x Dark-bellied Brent Goose

Black Brant

Black Brant x Dark-bellied Brent Goose hybrid, Wells (Norfolk, UK), 22nd November 2006

For more photos and comment on this and other individuals, see the Black Brant page.

 

Dark-bellied Brent Goose x Pale-bellied Brent Goose

Black Brant

possible hybrid Pale-bellied Brent Goose x Dark-bellied Brent Goose, Burnham Overy (Norfolk, UK), 3rd January 2011

I'm not certain this one's a hybrid but for another photo and comment on this bird, see the bottom of the Pale-bellied Brent Goose page.

 

Egyptian Goose x Mallard

Egyptian Goose x Mallard

Egyptian Goose x domestic Mallard, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 21st September 2007

Egyptian Goose x Mallard

Egyptian Goose x domestic Mallard, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 9th August 2008

Egyptian Goose x Mallard

Egyptian Goose x domestic Mallard, Swanton Morley (Norfolk, UK), 24th March 2008

For more photos and comment on this group of 4 birds, click here.

 

Many thanks to Joern Lehmhus, Carl Gunnar Gustavsson and several others for their valuable input on the hybrids shown on this page.