(Anser cygnoides/anser) x Branta canadensis
Status: Rare casual resident
Records: There are five records; two of which from Hall Co that, based on photographs, may be of the same individual despite the seven-year gap between them, and two of which from Kimball Co in 2021-2022 may be of the same individual.
3 Feb 2013, Pier Park, Grand Island, Hall Co (Pujari, https://ebird.org/checklist/S12837188)
16 Feb 2020, Grand Island, Hall Co (Flohr, https://ebird.org/checklist/S64632028)
3 Mar 2022 Lodgepole Creek, Kimball Co (Mlodinow, eBird.org)
19 Aug 2021 Oliver Reservoir, Kimball Co (Mlodinow, eBird.org)
25 Aug 2015, three hybrids likely a brood near Whitney, Dawes Co (Lefever, Lamoreaux; https://ebird.org/checklist/S24759735)
Comments: From Bird Hybrids: Swan Goose x Canada Goose: “Many domestic geese contain a mix of Swan Goose and Greylag Goose genes and when such mixed-species domestic geese hybridise with Canada Geese the offspring may resemble either Swan Goose x Canada Goose hybrids or Greylag Goose x Canada Goose hybrids – sometimes both in a single brood.”
Domestic Swan Geese, often referred to as Chinese Goose, have a knob at the base of the upper mandible that is lacking in wild birds. Chinese Geese are common in captivity and as feral birds in park-like settings.
Silcock, W.R., and J.G. Jorgensen. 2022. (Swan/Graylag Goose) x Canada Goose (hybrid) (Anser cygnoides/anser x Branta canadensis). In Birds of Nebraska — Online. www.BirdsofNebraska.org
Updated 2 Jul 2022