Difference Between Goose vs. Duck

Main Difference

The birds living on or around water are called water birds. They can further be divided into groups like Seabirds, Shorebirds, Anseriformes, Grebes, Loons and Ciconiiformes depending on their distinctive features and habitats. Anseriformes re further divided in three families: Anhimidae (the screamers), Anseranatidae (the magpie goose), and Anatidae, which is the largest family with including over 10 species of waterfowl.Freshwater birds like Goose, Duck Swans are part of the Anatidae family. Freshwater birds are the birds inhabitant of rivers, streams lakes and marshes, instead of the ocean or sea. Goose and duck hailing from the similar family and having similar habitat are often considered the same, though they are not as they posses quite distinctive features and have different physical appearance. Appearance wise Ducks are stouter and Geese are longer. Geese are primarily herbivores as they prefer eating shrubs and grasses, whereas ducks eat insects, fish and even amphibians.

Comparison Chart

GooseDuck
Physical AppearanceGeese are longer.Ducks are stouter.
Eating HabitsGeese are primarily herbivores as they prefer eating shrubs and grasses.Ducks eat insects, fish and even amphibians.
SoundsGoose make honking noise or call.Duck produces ‘quack’ sound.
MobilityGeese are ‘migratory birds’ (Canada Goose).Generally Ducks didn’t go migration as they prefer staying within the specific area.

What is Goose?

Geese hails from the order Anseriformes, which includes all sorts of waterfowl. Swans and geese are regarded the largest waterfowls. The features which made them distinctive within their counterparts are long necks and non-iridescent coloration. Geese is further divided into two major genera: Anser geese and Branta geese. The prominent species belonging to the Anser Geese are Bar-Headed, Bean, Emperor, Greylag, Pink-Footed, Ross’, Snow, Swan Goose and White-Fronted. on the other hand, major species belonging to the Branta Geese are Barnacle, Brant, Canada, Nene or Hawaiian and Red-Breasted. A baby goose is called a gosling. The average expectancy of Geese is around 25 years.

What is Duck?

Ducks belong to the order Anseriformes as of Geese. Ducks are stouter and smaller than the Geese and many of the other birds of the similar group. Ducks are capable of even swimming in extremely cold waters as they lack nerves and blood vessels in their feet. Generally the ducks didn’t go migration as they prefer staying within the specific area. They have calm nature and is domesticated widely across Asia. The ‘Quack’ sound of duck is relatively less annoying than other of the counterpart birds. They are also quite popular in the recent times as dozens of cartoons featured them. Example: Donald Duck is one of the most famous cartoon characters.

Goose vs. Duck

  • Appearance wise Ducks are stouter and Geese are longer.
  • Geese are primarily herbivores as they prefer eating shrubs and grasses, whereas ducks eat insects, fish and even amphibians.
  • Goose make honking noise or call, whereas duck produces ‘quack’ sound.
  • Geese are ‘migratory birds’ (Canada Goose), whereas usually ducks didn’t go migration as they prefer staying within the specific area.