What Do You Call A Group Of Geese? Find Out Here!

Jaba Sharma
Oct 19, 2022 By Jaba Sharma
Originally Published on Mar 12, 2022
Edited by Pete Anderson
Fact-checked by Amatullah Gulbargawala
What Do You Call A Group Of Geese? Find Out Here!
Age: 3-18
Read time: 7.3 Min

You may have seen enormous ducks like birds roaming about looking for food and assumed they were large ducks, but they are not.

These long-necked and big-footed birds that prefer to live near water bodies are known as geese. A goose is a waterfowl species belonging to the Anatidae family.

This group includes the Anser (gray and white geese) and Branta genera (the black geese). Swans, which are more distantly related to true geese, and ducks, which are smaller, are more distantly related members of the Anatidae family.

The three species of tiny waterfowl in the genus Nettapus are known as 'pygmy geese,' and these species appear to be related to the Cape Barren goose and the spur-winged goose.

A goose can be seen everywhere but not in Antarctica. They are mostly seen in North America and Europe. A goose has many interesting characteristics that make it a unique animal, including its diet, behavior, and vulnerability to predators.

Although the male and female geese have similar appearances, the male is usually taller than the female. Geese are monogamous animals, meaning they have only one partner for the rest of their lives.

The nests of geese are built on the ground. Their eggs are white and rough on the outside, and they hatch after a month. The gander defends the eggs as the goose sits on them.

They are very social animals. A skein is a flying group of geese, and a gaggle is a group of geese swimming in water or simply walking on the land. Flock, plump, wedge, and team are some of the other collective nouns. Goslings is the name given to collective nouns of the group of baby geese. Geese are known for their loud trumpeting calls, which let others in the group know where they are and what they're doing.

Why is there a need for a different variety of words to express the group appearance of an animal? Continue reading to find out why some of these wacky names were given to the group of geese. Say, Geese!

What do you call a group of geese?

Geese have a number of collective nouns that differ depending on where they are found. A gaggle, for example, is a bunch of geese that can be seen on the land or swimming in the water. A skein, wedge, or team of geese in flight is referred to as a skein, wedge, or team, while a plump is referred to be a group of geese flying particularly close together.

When geese are wandering on land or swimming in the water, they are often referred to as a gaggle of geese.

A group of geese is also called a gaggle because geese can be quite raucous when they are all together.

A gaggle of geese consists of male and female geese that communicate by honking and quacking.

A gander is a name given the collection nouns of a male goose. A female goose is known as a dame, or simply goose or geese.

To be considered a gaggle, there must be at least five geese in the group.

In-flight, a group of geese is referred to as a skein, team, or wedge.

They are known as a wedge of geese when they are swimming or flying close together.

A flock is the most general term for any group of geese.

When the breeding season is over, geese tend to congregate in large groups. They become much more social after the breeding season and congregate in areas rich in food sources.

For migration, the flocks are kept together, and the birds will travel the entire distance together.

Although they are generally comfortable with one another, they may compete with one another through displays and fights, especially in areas where food is scarce.

Five or more geese must be present to be considered a flock or any other collective noun.

A group of Canadian geese is called a wedge of Canadian geese.

Avalanche and blizzard are the two most frequent terms for a flock of snow geese.

An encrustment and a hull are two distinct collective nouns for a group of barnacle geese.

A group of bean geese is referred to as a pod.

A brood of goslings is the widely known collective noun for a group of baby geese. A flock of goslings or a gaggle of goslings might be used in conjunction with this word.

Nestlings or fledglings are other generic bird terminology that might be used.

For example, rafter is a name given to a group of turkeys. Typically, a group of wild turkeys can be seen walking quickly through the grass and woods. Because turkeys crisscross each other's paths while running, even the predator following one becomes confused about which one he is about to hunt.

What can you call a group of flying geese?

A flock, a wedge, a team, or a skein is the word given to a group of geese seen in flight. Plump refers to geese flying in a tight formation and close proximity to one another.

The term 'skein' is the most intriguing because it is assumed to have derived from the word 'skein,' which refers to a unit of yarn measurement.

Certain birds in flight (geese, swans, and ducks) are considered to be given the name 'skein' because their formations often resemble wool or yarn floating.

The plump is used to describe a round, chubby shape. The plump of geese is a group of many geese flying closely. This family comprises three members.

The bevy of swans, or wedge of swans, is named a group of swans.

When geese fly in a tight 'V' formation, their shape can resemble a wedge you'd put under a door to force it open. That is why, when in flight, they are referred to as a wedge of geese.

The V appearance is also popular among fighter pilots because it provides a strategic formation as well as an efficient fuel conservation method. This type of flying is given the name 'vortex surfing.'

When you see flying geese, it usually means that these birds are migrating with their 'family' to another location.

Often, geese will band together with other families, resulting in hundreds or even thousands of geese moving in a single flock.

The key benefit is that flying in these groups and patterns increases geese' efficiency, allowing them to fly further.

This is because each goose flies slightly higher than the bird in front of it, reducing wind resistance and allowing them to conserve energy more efficiently.

Another advantage of having a large flock is that it protects you from predators. There are more birds to keep an eye out for potential threats and quickly alert the rest of the flock because there are more birds.

The V-shape indicate how well they work together as a team. Every member of the troupe serves as both a leader and a supporter.

When the team's leader becomes tired, another team member takes his or her place, and the first one returns to the formation.

The entire team supports the leader (a team of geese).

Geese typically have two homes, one for winters and another for the summer season. During the winter, the majority of geese will flock and migrate to the south, and during the warmer months, they will migrate to the north.

The majority of female geese return to the same location year after year to build nests and raise their young. This is frequently the same location where they hatched and will remain for the duration of their life - which can be as long as 35 years; however, the average lifespan is around 21 years.

Canada geese migrate south during the warmer months and north during the winter.

Geese, like other animals that hibernate, eat more during the time they prepare to migrate.

A group of geese flying together and form 'V' shape structure.

What do you call a group of swimming geese?

When they are seen swimming, the collective noun for a group of geese is called a plump.

When geese get together on the water, it is a typical misconception that they are searching for and hunting for fish, but this is not the case.

One of the reasons you'll see geese dipping their heads beneath the surface of the water is to eat aquatic plants that grow beneath the surface of the water.

Why do you call a group of geese a gaggle?

A gaggle is a big group of geese that congregates on land. When they congregate in large groups, they can become noisy.

Another definition for the term gaggle is a 'disorderly aggregation of humans,' which can allude to big groups of geese. They can become quite chaotic as a result of the immense noise they generate, earning them the name!

A gaggle of geese consists of male and female geese that communicate by honking and quacking.

We Want Your Photos!
We Want Your Photos!

We Want Your Photos!

Do you have a photo you are happy to share that would improve this article?
Email your photos

More for You



See All

Written by Jaba Sharma

Master of Business Administration

Jaba Sharma picture

Jaba SharmaMaster of Business Administration

A highly skilled content writer and editor, Jaba brings over six years of experience in the field to her role. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Science from Lucknow University and a Master's degree in Business Administration with a specialization in finance from the Institute of Environment & Management, Lucknow. Jaba's meticulous approach and creative mindset naturally led her into the world of content writing. She began her career as a Website Content Writer and Backend Admin at EventTraveler Pvt. Ltd, where she gained extensive experience in creating web pages, writing, and editing content and conducting in-depth web research. 

Read full bio >
Read the DisclaimerFact Correction