Information on African Geese - facts and pictures
African geese are not from Africa! They are the same colour as the
Chinese goose, and originated in SE China. Like the Brown Chinese,
they are the same colour as the wild swan goose - a most attractive
colour with a brown stripe down the back of the neck in contrast to
the cream throat. The body feathers are ashy brown, edged with a
They were imported into the USA in the nineteenth century, and reached Britain as the 'Hong Kong' goose in Victorian times. Good examples of the African were more or less lost in the UK by the 20th century. Most Africans here now come from birds imported from the USA from the 1970s onwards.
Exhibition Africans are imposing birds, ganders standing one
metre tall. However, hand reared, they are very tame. The large
head, with a stout bill, carries a crescent-shaped dewlap. The body
is large and quite long, but carried fairly upright giving the birds
their height. There is a great deal of variation in weight. Some
varieties are quite small, reaching only 16-20 lbs. Big exhibition
birds in the UK and the USA reach 26 lbs - the same as their stated
weight in SE China.
Africans have also been bred in white and are similar to the Russian Kholmogorsk goose. In recent years the buff gene has been introduced from the American Buff goose and the blue gene from the Steinbacher.
We have been breeders of African geese for over 15 years and sometimes have birds for sale, from pet to exhibition quality.
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Please telephone 01938 554011 for availability of books or stock
We are in the UK near Shrewsbury on the border of England
We breed a limited quantity of pure breeds of domestic geese and Indian Runners, Abacot Rangers and Call ducks each year. We do not sell hatching eggs.