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For other waterbirds, mainly related to the shelducks, that have "goose" as part of their name, see Anatidae and Goose.
Temporal range: Middle Miocene to present
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Domestic geese
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Subfamily: Anserinae
Vigors, 1825

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The Anserinae is a subfamily in the waterfowl family Anatidae. It includes the swans and true geese. Under alternative systematical concepts (see e.g., Terres & NAS, 1991), it is split into two subfamilies, the Anserinae containing the geese and the ducks, while the Cygninae contain the swans.


Swanstribe Cygnini

The black-and-yellow-billed swans are sometimes separated in the genus Olor.

True Geese – tribe Anserini

  • Genus Ansergrey geese
  • Genus Chenwhite geese (sometimes included in Anser)
  • Genus Brantablack geese


The following two genera are distinct from other geese and often elevated to a subfamily of their own (Cereopsinae), or alternatively into the shelduck subfamily Tadorninae:

Tribe Cereopsini

There are some enigmatic subfossils of very large goose-like birds from the Hawaiian Islands which do not appear to be moa-nalos (goose-sized dabbling ducks). They cannot be assigned to any genus living today, though most if not all may be fairly close to Branta:


Further reading[edit]

  • Gonzalez, J.; Düttmann, H.; Wink, M. (2009). "Phylogenetic relationships based on two mitochondrial genes and hybridization patterns in Anatidae". Journal of Zoology 279: 310–318. doi:10.1111/j.1469-7998.2009.00622.x. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Anserinae at Wikimedia Commons