Snow Goose

Snow Goose

Range:

Northeastern Siberia, Arctic America. Winters to Japan, northern Mexico, Gulf coast.

Habitat:

Tundra (summer), marshes, grainfields, prairies, ponds, bays.

Characteristics:

Those that are most common in the East are pure white with black wing tips, pink feet and stout pink bill with black margin. Juveniles are mottled with brownish-gray and have a dark bill. In the West and along the Gulf coast most individuals are white but blue phase occurs (formerly considered a separate species, the Blue Goose, Chen caerulescens) with upper parts bluish-gray, under-parts brownish gray, head and upper neck white, pinkish bill and feet. The voice is a high-pitched nasal barking.

Snow Goose
Behavior:

Noisy in flight. More terrestrial than ducks, grazes on land. Gregarious most of the year.

Reproduction:

Probably mate for life. Four to eight white eggs are laid in a large cup of moss and grass, lined with down. Nesting is often in loose colonies.

Snow Goose
Snow Goose
Native Utah Animal
Range
Class: birds
Genus: Anser
Species: caerulescens
Length: 22-31 inches
Weight: 3-6 pounds
Average Lifespan: 5
Wild Diet: Largely plant materials; seeds of aquatic plants and cultivated grains.
Predators: Eggs are eaten by Eskimos, gulls, jaegers (sea birds), foxes, and ravens.
USFWS Status: Not Listed
CITES Status: Not Listed
Where at the Zoo? Discovery Land: Duck Pond


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