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Is the genus Chen pronounced [kin] or [chen] by zoologist? --Menchi 02:19, 8 Nov 2004 (UTC)

I'd say "chen", but how to pronounce the "ch" exactly... IONO. Dysmorodrepanis 02:26, 18 October 2006 (UTC)

I would dispute the statement that "All geese eat an exclusively vegetarian diet". Having kept geese, they're certainly not averse to protein in the form of insects if they can catch them. They're primarily vegetarian, true, but anything they can swallow, they'll eat. 19:14, 29 May 2006 (UTC)

The claim in the article is major BS; your observation is correct. The article should be completely made over; it sucks six ways to sunday in its present form (Cereopsis a "true goose"? Ha!) Dysmorodrepanis 11:40, 17 November 2006 (UTC)


GOOSE: Generic Object Oriented Substation Event. This is used in the Substation communication protocol IEC61850.


This can be added too. It's under CC. -- Sundar \talk \contribs 08:31, 21 June 2006 (UTC)

suggest it goes to Domestic Goose, 11:59, 21 June 2006 (UTC)

Split genera out?[edit]

I think Branta and Anser + Chen should be split out of this page. I'm too lazy to start right now, but if anyone wants to start, I'll assist. Dysmorodrepanis 02:26, 18 October 2006 (UTC)

I agree, the article implies that Branta canadensis is the same species as the domestic goose and they are not. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Doug (talkcontribs) 02:54, 28 September 2007 (UTC)

Alternative meaning[edit]

In the German language, women are often insulted with the word "Gans" (Kamisha), is such usage known in English or other languages? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:24, 16 September 2007 (UTC)

I don't know of it being used as an insult specifically directed at women, but it is a rather old-fashioned way of (affectionately) describing or addressing someone who is a bit foolish, and is probably more often addressed towards women than men. For example: "You goose!" or "The silly goose..." I've often come across it in books written or set in 1920s - 1940s England, although I'm not sure of the origin of the use. --Kateshortforbob 21:29, 22 September 2007 (UTC)


This page may need semi-protection, the last 18 edits cumulatively made no change. Most of the stupid stuff was from IP's.--Doug.(talk contribs) 17:42, 23 October 2007 (UTC)

Life partners[edit]

I believe there is a difference between wild geese and domestic geese in this respect. Anyone have a supporting source? I'll look around.--Doug.(talk contribs) 21:17, 7 November 2007 (UTC)

flight certificate[edit]

I removed the following text from the article:

True geese no longer need a flight certificate in most countries - contrary to other birds.

If someone has a citation for this, please restore it :-) Sabik (talk) 12:31, 27 May 2008 (UTC)


What is this supposed to be showing? --NE2 02:14, 4 August 2008 (UTC)


The Golden winged Winky bird is very rare and may only be spotted in parts of canada it mostly trsvels alone and there are hardly any around they usually feed on any kind of worm or fish or any food they can find they are usually hunted by bigger animals they have large claws to help capture there pray.

These birds are very pretty birds i have only ever seen one in my life i was amazed by the gracefulness of this lovely species of bird. Absolutly wonderful bird, unfortunatly i did not manage to get a picture. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Goose20082009 (talkcontribs) 20:40, 17 September 2008 (UTC)

Overloaded with Pictures and Video?[edit]

This pages is overcrowded with videos and pictures. ~~ —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:11, 8 May 2011 (UTC)

What the heck does the map figure mean?!![edit]

There's a little map to the right of the "Description" section called "Goose headcount in 2004." What the heck is this map trying to show? Goose harvesting data? Its percentages don't even add up to anywhere near 100. Shouldn't this be removed? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 03:01, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

Wow. That makes no sense at all. I'm not even sure what "goose headcount as a percentage of the top market" means, nor why there are only a couple of countries indicated. I'm going to be bold and remove it. siℓℓy rabbit (talk) 03:17, 21 October 2008 (UTC)


Should the typical diet of a goose be mentioned in the article? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Dhrm77 (talkcontribs) 15:00, 5 February 2011 (UTC)


Expected to find information about Goose as a food. Not sure if this is authoritative enough, but there are some notes about Christmas goose and the use of Goose fat in French cuisine here: -- (talk) 21:19, 6 May 2012 (UTC)

Or Foie gras might deserve mention. -- (talk) 21:22, 6 May 2012 (UTC)

greek etymology[edit]

I would dispute the greek one has anything to do with proto-indo-european substrate.

it is purely an onomatopaeic thing because of the hissing sound they make.

will try and find a citation.Eugene-elgato (talk) 07:37, 28 May 2012 (UTC)

According to Partridge's Origins, it is from the PIE. —innotata 00:02, 29 May 2012 (UTC)
you're right of course, to use an authoritative source - i'd have to find something better if i was going to change it. occasionally false etymologies do creep into authoritative sources. an old edition of the readers digest book of facts (1985) says the cypriot capital Nicosia comes from Nike - even though in neither Greek nor Turkish is it even called anything remotely like that (Lefkosia/Lefkos[h]a respectively); apparently the editors hadn't even done any research i.e. original researchEugene-elgato (talk) 09:26, 30 May 2012 (UTC)

Delete Meat template?[edit]

I have just added the Poultry template and I propose to delete the Meat template as this hardly looks appropriate now. Any comments?__DrChrissy (talk) 17:13, 8 October 2012 (UTC)

Translations split[edit]

This article has translations in Afrikaans, Dansk, Deutsch, Bahasa Indonesia, Norsk bokmål, Russian, Suomi, Svenska, and Tagalog, among others. Then there is a Spanish article es:Ganso that has translations in Greek, Français, Íslenska, Italiano, Nederlands, Norsk nynorsk, among others.

Is there a good reason to make this split? Would it be better to merge these? Ruittenb (talk) 21:44, 15 March 2015 (UTC)

Assessment comment[edit]

The comment(s) below were originally left at Talk:Goose/Comments, and are posted here for posterity. Following several discussions in past years, these subpages are now deprecated. The comments may be irrelevant or outdated; if so, please feel free to remove this section.

The first paragraph of the articles seems inaccurate. I have lived in England and Wales all of my life and have never heard, or would expect to hear, ducks and swans referred to as geese. The meaning of goose or geese here is what the article refers to as 'true geese'. Is the writer perhaps referring to the English language as used in America?

Substituted at 21:21, 19 March 2016 (UTC)

I am not exactly sure what the concern is here. Are you referring to "More distantly related members of the family Anatidae are swans, most of which are larger than true geese, and ducks, which are smaller."? DrChrissy (talk) 21:43, 19 March 2016 (UTC)
The message above was posted in December 2007 by an anonymous editor. Probably not relevant to the present article! — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 16:20, 20 March 2016 (UTC)
Oh I see. Thanks for the explanation. DrChrissy (talk) 16:24, 20 March 2016 (UTC)

Toothy tongues?[edit]

Why is there no mention of them having teeth in their tongues? I've never seen one of their tongues in person, but there are lots of photos showing that; are they all forged? If it's real, that is definitely noteworthy. --TiagoTiago (talk) 21:13, 19 January 2017 (UTC)

This Is All Meta[edit]

The article has lots of meta-information about geese (valuable in itself), but very little about geese themselves. There are no descriptions, nothing about diets, behaviors, life cycles, or migration patterns, and very little about mating habits. Cousin Ricky (talk) 17:46, 20 January 2018 (UTC)


The goose may also be referred to as "Jamen". — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:26, 8 March 2018 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:47, 8 March 2018 (UTC)