Anserinae diversity
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Superorder: Galloanserae
Clade: Odontoanserae
Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Subfamily: Anserinae
Vigors, 1825 (1815)[1]


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 also the whistling-ducks), while the Cygninae contain the swans.

A number of other waterbirds, mainly related to the shelducks, have "goose" as part of their name; see the family page at Anatidae and the goose page for these.


From Latin anser, anseris, meaning goose.[2]


Biziurini: Musk Duck

Nettapodini: Pygmy-Geese

Oxyurini: Stiff-tailed Ducks

Anserini: True Geese

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:


  1. ^ a b Boyd, John (August 6, 2014). "Anatidae" ({{{version}}} ed.). Retrieved January 13, 2015. 
  2. ^ Jobling, J. (2015). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.), eds. "Anser". Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. Retrieved 1-8-15.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)

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