|Geographical Range||North central Asia, including Siberia and northern China|
|Habitat||Near water in floodplains, marshy meadows, riverbeds, steppes, even mountainous areas|
|Scientific Name||Anser cygnoides|
Its name might be confusing, but one look at this bird and you can easily tell whether it’s a swan or a goose. This large goose is named for its long, swan-like neck. The neck is strikingly colored - - the back side is dark brown and the front is a pale cream color. The bird’s bill is also distinctive: it’s all black but a bright white band separates it from the head.
The swan goose feeds almost exclusively on plants, including sedges. It often grazes on dry land. Farmers sometimes make use of the domesticated form of the bird for weeding their crops. They’ve also been raised for their eggs.
The numbers of wild swan geese have declined rapidly in the past century. Threats include habitat loss from agricultural development, dam construction, and the grazing and cutting of marsh vegetation, as well as unsustainable levels of hunting.