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It weighs 2.16 to 4.56 kilograms (4.8 to 10.1 lb), with a mean weight of around 3.3 kilograms (7.3 lb).
The wingspan is 147 to 180 centimetres (58 to 71 in).
The sound made by a flock of geese resembles the baying of hounds. The nominate subspecies breeds in Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, the Baltic States, northern Russia, Poland, eastern Hungary and Romania.
It also breeds locally in the United Kingdom, Denmark, Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Macedonia.
It has a white line bordering its upper flanks, and its wing coverts are light-coloured, contrasting with its darker flight feathers.
Its plumage is patterned by the pale fringes of the feathers.
Adults have a distinctive 'concertina' pattern of folds in the feathers on their necks.They like dense ground cover of reeds, rushes, heather, bushes and willow thickets.In their winter quarters, they frequent salt marshes, estuaries, freshwater marshes, steppes, flooded fields, bogs and pasture near lakes, rivers and streams.The greylag goose (Anser anser) is a large species of goose in the waterfowl family Anatidae.It has mottled and barred grey and white plumage and an orange beak and pink legs.
Anser anser, the greylag goose, is a member of the waterfowl family Anatidae. anser, the western greylag goose, breeds in Iceland and north and central Europe; A. rubrirostris, the eastern greylag goose, breeds in Romania, Turkey and Russia eastwards to northeastern China.