The Swan Goose is a migratory bird that lives in East Asia. Their numbers have declined because people poach them. And because they have lost a safe living environment, they are now on the brink of extinction.
Total length: 87cm
Wing span: 153cm
(Source: Doubutsu Sekai-isan* Red Data Animals Kodansha) (*World Animal Heritage)
Swan Gooses raise their chicks in northern China and Sakhalin, and spend the winter in eastern China and on the Korean Peninsula.
The Swan Goose eats grass, stems, roots, and seeds.
The Chinese Goose is actually a Swan Goose that was domesticated 3,000 years ago. This makes the Swan Goose kind of like an ancestor to the Goose.
Back then, and still today, Swan Gooses are hunted game!
The Swan Goose is a migratory bird that lives in East Asia. They hatch their eggs and raise the chicks in northern China and Sakhalin, and spend the winter in eastern China and the Korean Peninsula. There used to be many Swan Gooses that spent their winters in Japan, but now, it is rare to see them. One reason for this is poaching by people. The Swan Goose used to be game for hunting in Japan, and still is in Russia and China today.
They have also lost a safe place to live
Additionally, farmlands have expanded in both their former nesting homes and where they lived during the winter, reducing the number of safe places where the Swan Goose can live. And the environment downstream of the Yangtze River, where many Swan Gooses spend the winter, may undergo a drastic change in the future. There is concern about the impact of a huge dam being built on the Yangtze River.
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