French: Oie empereur German: Kaisergans Spanish: Ánsar emperador
Kanaga Island, Aleutian Islands
Gulf of Anadyr and Chukotskiy Peninsula, in NE Russia, and extreme NW USA (W Alaska). Winters in Kamchatka, Aleutian Is and SW Alaska.
66–89 cm; 2766–3129 g, male 2316 g (mean), female 1945 g (mean); wingspan 119 cm. Unmistakable. Very different appearance when strongly stained in spring, shortly... read more
Vocalizations readily distinguished from those of other geese (more nasal than sympatric nesting... read more
Open sites in tidally influenced Arctic tundra, near coastal lagoons or inland, as well as near... read more
Food and feeding
Grasses, leaves of sedges and berries on breeding grounds; also seaweed and algae along coast, complemented with some animal food (... read more
Starts late May/Jun: typically 20 May–3 Jun on Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta (Alaska) but c. 3 weeks later in Russia, often within c. 5 days... read more
Migratory, most populations moving 600–750 km, wintering along Aleutian Is and Gulf of Alaska... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Currently (since 2000) treated as Near Threatened. Has undergone marked decline in recent times and population most recently estimated at 45,000... read more
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