Pilgrim geese are very important residents of our farm. Each pen of ducks lives with a family of Pilgrim geese, who shepherd the smaller ducks around the pasture and protect them from both aerial and land predators. It seems that they think of the ducks as perpetual goslings and parent them even after the ducks are mature.
Our geese are excellent sentries and guardians, but they are not aggressive toward people, and are (a little) less noisy than other breeds of geese we've raised. Pilgrims are medium-sized geese (about 13 lbs when mature), and have sex-linked coloration, so that from the moment of hatch, the boys look different from the girl goslings. Ganders are white with a few gray feathers, and mature females are brownish gray with a few white feathers on the face.
The Pilgrim goose probably didn't come with the early American colonists, but was likely developed in the U.S. around the time of the Great Depression. Listed as Threatened by the Livestock Conservancy, this breed needs and deserves support.