During a day on the lake, you see many different birds gliding along the water. You watch one dive to catch a fish. Is it a goose? No, it must be a duck. Or is it a swan? Even people who spend a lot of time around water birds can have a hard time telling these different species apart.
A goose is a bird that lives near ponds, lakes, and other small bodies of water all over the world. They have webbed feet, short legs, large bodies, and long necks.
A goose is bigger than a duck. They have longer necks and shorter bills. Swans are even larger. A swan also typically has a thinner neck with a more hooked shape than a goose.
Fun Facts about the Goose
- The plural of goose is geese.
- Babies are called goslings.
- There’s no official term for a female goose, but they are sometimes called dames.
- A male goose is called a gander.
- There are dozens of types of geese worldwide.
- Geese build their nests near the shores of lakes and ponds.
- They build wide, flat nests from leaves, branches and feathers.
- A female goose will nest in the same spot each year.
- If a goose becomes injured, other geese will stay with it until it dies or can rejoin the flock.
- Geese mate for life.
- They make a loud honking sound and will often chase people or pets.
- Some geese migrate, but others live in the same place year-round.
- They’re vegetarians. They eat berries, stems, seeds, roots, and grass.