Origin, diffusion and economic characteristics
In 1620 the first English emigrants who moved to America in various boats, including the famous Mayflower, brought with them, apart from the things necessary to be able to settle permanently in a new continent, also several animals; especially barnyard animals, including a group of geese, as mentioned on the boarding bill, possibly the West of England. In 1930, Oscar Grow, the famous creator of water birds (in the broadest sense of the term), thought of creating a new breed using perhaps the latter. It seems that in a certain sense the Pilgrim are actually the West of England in an American version and that the only difference between them is only the name Pilgrim which seems to derive from the journey that these geese made to reach America; Pilgrim in fact means pilgrim. In fact, their appearance is very similar to that of the English cousin; the completely white male and the female, however, more and more often gray and not dappled like the West of England female. Currently the Pilgrim are widespread both in England and America and the American typology is much smaller than the English one and the females from overseas are much lighter than the English ones. But both types are very prolific and rustic and easy to adapt to low temperatures.
Cut it: Small.
- Male a. 6.3 - 8.3 kg
- Female a. 5.4 - 7.3 kg
Male with completely white plumage and gray female with white spot that starts from the base of the beak up to a third of the forehead and goes to surround the eyes. Eye color: gray-blue male; brown female. Beak and tarsi yellowish orange. Medium length neck. Two ventral bags.
Thanks to Francesco Silletta
Geese Pilgrim (photo www.zebrafinch.com)