Northeastern Siberia, Arctic America. Winters to Japan, northern Mexico, Gulf coast.
Tundra (summer), marshes, grainfields, prairies, ponds, bays.
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.
Noisy in flight. More terrestrial than ducks, grazes on land. Gregarious most of the year.
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.
|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|