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Ross's Goose

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Photo by fuglReno, Nevada, USA, December 2004
Photo by fugl
Reno, Nevada, USA, December 2004
Anser rossii


[edit] Identification

54-67cm. White, black primary feathers, grey-based red-orange bill. Pink legs and feet. Occurs rarely in a dark phase. North America's smallest goose.

[edit] Similar species

The similar Snow Goose has a longer neck and bill with a grin patch. Both species are commonly seen together in big mixed flocks.

Photo by jvhigbeeNisqually NWR, Washington, USA, November 2003
Photo by jvhigbee
Nisqually NWR, Washington, USA, November 2003

[edit] Distribution

Breeds in northern Canada (mainly in Nunavut). Winter grounds are in the southern United States and in northern Mexico.
Vagrants have been recorded in Europe.

[edit] Taxonomy

Formerly placed in the genus Chen.

[edit] Habitat

Low arctic tundra, on islands in shallow lakes. Winters in agricultural fields and shallow wetlands.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Photo by eyebusKlamath Falls, Oregon, USA, March 2007
Photo by eyebus
Klamath Falls, Oregon, USA, March 2007

Its diet includes fresh grass and grains.

[edit] Breeding

Its nest is a scrape in the ground lined with plant material and down feathers. 2-6 white eggs are laid and incubated by the female.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from

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