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A gander protecting a hen or goose (female goose).

A male goose [1]. In the Greater White-fronted Goose, the male stand guard while the female incubates [1]. In the Canada Goose, sometimes an adult male of a family flock starts local flights by vigorous up-and-down tossing of his head and a low guttural "talking"; at such times it is the female that leads the flight while the male (identified by his larger size) bringing up and guarding the rear, in spring migration [1].


  1. ^ a b c Terres, John K. (1980). The Audubon Society Encyclopedia of North American Birds. Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. ISBN 0394466519. 

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