How to Label the Body Parts of a Goose

Updated February 21, 2017

Though they share may characteristics with other birds, geese sport a few distinct physical features that you should remember when labelling their body parts. The goose is a bird found in the wild and raised on farms for slaughter and consumption. Whether wild or domestic, though, understanding the anatomy of a goose is important when labelling its parts -- this helps when you consider why and how geese are different from other birds.

Compare your goose picture to pictures of other birds, and note the similarities. For example, label areas like the back, neck and wings first, as these are major, common and easily identifiable.

Label the bill, which is often notable for its long shape and orange colour.

Label the feet and legs, which are often unusual for their webbed toes and orange colour.

Look just above the bill, in front of the eyes, and you will see a pronounced bump -- label this as the knob.

Look below the chin, where the head meets the neck -- label this flap as the dewlap.

Label the feathers of the goose, which cover the body. Also note that below the feathers is a layer of soft down, which keeps the body warm.


Not all geese are alike -- if your picture does not feature a knob or orange bill, for example, it may be a picture of a goose without these attributes.

Things You'll Need

  • Goose picture
  • Pictures of other birds, like chickens
  • Pen or pencil
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About the Author

Tom Ryan is a freelance writer, editor and English tutor. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in English writing, and has also worked as an arts and entertainment reporter with "The Pitt News" and a public relations and advertising copywriter with the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.