Sunday Inspiration – Geese and Swans

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) by Dan

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) by Dan

“And the swan, and the pelican, and the gier eagle,” (Leviticus 11:18)

As we continue in the Anatidae Family of Ducks, Geese and Swans, this week we will introduce you to four genera. The Branta, the Anser, and the Coscorba genera are made up of Geese. The Cygnus genus are Swans.

Anserinae is a subfamily of swans and geese (three to seven extant genera with 25–30 living species, mainly cool temperate Northern Hemisphere, but also some Southern Hemisphere species, with the swans in one genus, and the geese in three genera. Some other species are sometimes placed herein, but seem somewhat more distinct.

  • Branta, black geese (six living species) (These were in last week’s Sunday Inspiration)
  • Anser, grey geese (eight species)
  • Chen, white geese (three species, now included in Anser)
  • Coscorba, unresolved (one species)
  • Cygnus, true swans (six species, four sometimes separated in Olor)
Bar-headed Goose (Anser indicus) by Lee LPZ

Bar-headed Goose (Anser indicus) Lowry Park Zoo by Lee

This blog follows the I.O.C. list of birds and below are the birds in their listing:

There are also links to articles here written about these different birds.

Bar-headed Goose (Anser indicus) – See Dr. Jim’s Article
Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus – was Chen)
Ross’s Goose (Anser rossii – was Chen)
Snow Goose (Anser caerulescens – was Chen)
Greylag Goose (Anser anser) – See Article
Swan Goose (Anser cygnoides)
Taiga Bean Goose (Anser fabalis)
Pink-footed Goose (Anser brachyrhynchus) – See Article
Tundra Bean Goose (Anser serrirostris)
Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) – See Article
Lesser White-fronted Goose (Anser erythropus) – See Article
Coscoroba Swan (Coscoroba coscoroba) – See Lee’s Article
Black Swan (Cygnus atratus) – See Article & Dr. Jim’s Article
Black-necked Swan (Cygnus melancoryphus) – Ian’s Article
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) – See Article
Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator) – See Dr. Jim’s Article
Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus) – See Article
Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus) – See Article

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“For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:16-18)

“Moment By Moment” ~ Faith Baptist Orchestra


More Sunday Inspirations

Sunday Inspiration – Whistling, White-backed Ducks and Geese


Anatidae – Ducks, Geese & Swans Family