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Megagoose Size Chart by WSnyder Megagoose Size Chart by WSnyder
The megageese are a family of large flightless birds descended from modern Branta geese. The largest species are among the largest birds to ever exist. Like their ancestors, the megageese are found in northern latitudes and occupy a niche similar to hippopotamuses or moose; they feed almost exclusively on aquatic vegetation found in the bogs, rivers, lakes, and other bodies of water in the northern parts of the palearctic and nearctic ecological zones. They are unusual in that they occupy a niche reserved typically for mammals; further south there are deer and suids that occupy a similar niche but in warmer climates. The social system for most species consists of a male with a harem of females. Thus, they are highly sexually dimorphic and many species have developed modifications on their beaks for male-male combats like tusks and bosses. Due to their size and behavior, megageese don't have many predators, but carnivores will prey upon young and injured megageese. Opportunists will also steal and eat megageese eggs.

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Megagoose: Largest and most common species of megageese. Found throughout modern-day Canada, the bellowing honks of this bird during the mating season can be heard for miles. 

Tusked megagoose: Slightly smaller than its North American cousin, this bird lives in northern Europe and northwestern Asia. Its lengthy tusks are used by males in competition over mating rights.

Dwarf megagoose: One of the smallest species of megageese, the dwarf megagoose is a product of insular dwarfism. Somehow its ancestors managed to get stranded on north Atlantic isles formed by the tectonic expansion in the mid-Atlantic.

Anatomically modern human and Canada goose for scale.
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TheWarOfTheRing Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2017
Love the concept!
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WSnyder Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :)
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TheWarOfTheRing Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2017
Welcome :)
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greivous1214 Featured By Owner Edited Oct 13, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Geese are mean enough as is, don't give them a size boost! That'll only increase their boldness! Time to haul ass out of here! 
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Septimus-Oraka Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2016
Impressive! I would love to use one of these Megageese as mount. ;)
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Dinolover1416 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2015
Love the concept and the art!
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WSnyder Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :)
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Dinolover1416 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2015
I love the anseriformes, and to see some speculative species is just great.
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panchlora Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014
These are fantastic ideas and art!
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:iconwsnyder:
WSnyder Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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Archipithecus Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Are these for a project or are they a stand alone thing?
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WSnyder Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
As of now, they remain a stand alone thing.
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Archipithecus Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Okay.
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TheArchosaurQueen Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really cool. Nice ideas.
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WSnyder Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :)
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TheArchosaurQueen Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your welcome ^-^.
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electreel Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014
Really nice concepts!
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WSnyder Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :)
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DinosaurianDude Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Do the females hatch the eggs by sitting on them?
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WSnyder Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes. The eggs are quite large with thick shells. That along with the way the nests are constructed, prevents crushing under the weight of the mother.
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DinosaurianDude Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Are you sure large eggs are practical? As the chicks then need a longer time to hatch and the warmer seasons of the year are quite short. Also the nest needs a lot of construction, and big animals need to feed a lot.
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WSnyder Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
With respect to body size, larger animals have lower metabolisms and require proportionally less food than smaller animals. So it does not necessitate as much time for feeding. Breeding, construction of nests, and incubating will occur during colder months when the adults are actually living partially off of energy stores, perhaps fat (the winters are actually shorter as at this time the climate is significantly warmer globally). Much of the nest will consist of compacted mud and dirt, as well as vegetable matter. 
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DinosaurianDude Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Compared to body size they indeed need less food, yes. But as a whole a large animal does need more than a small animal. And I suppose they probably lay a small number or perhaps a single egg per season, in a fashion such as penguins? Also, do they nest in colonies or further apart?
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WSnyder Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well actually as far as the incubation, perhaps it could work as it does with crocodiles and alligators. I am a little uncertain about it.
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indigomagpie Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
There's always the megapode method.
Or females could tuck the eggs under their wings rather than sitting on them.
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WSnyder Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I would say a single egg. And they would nest in clusters. Depends on the number of females in an individual male's harem.
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Martiitram Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
They're magnificent!I'd sure want to know more about this project!
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Raptorboy998 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
These are brilliant! I hope you continue to make more future creatures like this! :)
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WSnyder Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I really appreciate the support! :D
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Zimices Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist
Awesome birds!
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WSnyder Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :D
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Martiitram Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
They're beautiful!
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WSnyder Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :)
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Martiitram Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
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