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This species is also spelled graylag in the United States. Greygoose, Anser anser, is the largest and bulkiest of the wild geese native to the UK and Europe. This species is the ancestor of domesticated geese in Europe and North America and was in the pre-Linnean times known as the wild goose.
Within science, the greylag goose is most notable as being the bird with which the ethologist Konrad Lorenz first did his major studying into the behavioural phenomenon of imprinting.
The greylag has a rotund, bulky body, a thick and long neck, and a large head and bill. It has pink legs and feet, and an orange or pink bill. It is 74 to 91 cm (29 to 36 in) long with a wing length of 41.2 to 48 cm (16.2 to 18.9 in). It has a tail 6.2 to 6.9 cm (2.4 to 2.7 in), a bill of 6.4 to 6.9 cm (2.5 to 2.7 in) long.. It weighs 2.16 to 4.56 kg (4.8 to 10.1 lb). The wingspan is 147 to 180 cm (58 to 71 in).[Males are generally larger than females. The plumage of the greylag goose is greyish-brown, with a darker head and paler belly with variable black spots. It has a white line bordering its upper flanks.
It has a loud cackling call, HOOOOOONK!, like the domestic goose.
This is one of the illustrations I have found no place in my proposed book The Illustrated Omar Khayyam.
“….But lost in a clamor of sects my mind
Can no more know than from a crack’d mirror.”(quatrain #92)