Taiga Bean-Goose

Taiga Bean goose

The Taiga Bean-Goose and the Tundra Bean-Goose are recognized as separate species by the American Ornithological Society but are considered as one species by other authorities under the collective name bean goose. 

Taiga Bean-Geese have dark brown heads and necks, black bills with a yellow-orange band, dark brown throats with gray streaks, and are generally brown with a scaled pattern overall. 

Taiga Bean Goose has a longer beak with a broad orange marking, whereas the Tundra Bean Goose has a shorter beak with a smaller orange band on the bill.

  • Anser fabalis
  • Length: 30 – 35 in (76 – 89 cm) 
  • Weight: 113.6 oz (3219 g)
  • Wingspan:  53 – 64 in (135 – 163 cm)


Taiga Bean Geese are usually found in Europe, but they occasionally stray into North America.

Habitat And Diet

You can find Taiga Bean-Geese in the taiga (swampy, coniferous forests), tundra, wet grasslands, and flooded fields.

The typical diet of Taiga Bean-Geese consists of grasses, roots and tubers, seeds, fruits, and flowers. If there are agricultural lands nearby, they will feed on cereal grains and other available crops. 

Taiga Bean-Goose Call:


Nests of Taiga Bean-Geese are usually located in grassy hummocks near water. Most of the time, these nests are at the base of shrubs or trees. The nests are made of grasses, mosses, and other plants and lined with down. They lay four to five eggs that the female incubates for four weeks.

Fun Fact:

The Taiga Bean-Goose is named “Anser” for goose and “fabalis” for broad bean. It had a habit of grazing and foraging in bean fields during winter.