French: Oie rieuse German: Blässgans Spanish: Ánsar careto
Other common names: European White-fronted Goose (albifrons), Pacific White-fronted Goose (frontalis), Interior White-fronted Goose (gambelli), Tule White-fronted Goose, Tule Goose (elgasi), Greenland White-fronted Goose (flavirostris)
no locality = ? northern Italy.
Subspecies and Distribution
A. a. albifrons
(Scopoli, 1769) – N Russia and Siberia from Kanin Peninsula to R Kolyma; winters NW, C & SE Europe to SW Asia, Pakistan, N India and China.
A. a. frontalis
S. F. Baird, 1858 – E Siberia from R Kolyma E to Arctic Canada; winters along Pacific coasts S to China and Mexico.
A. a. gambelli
Hartlaub, 1852 – taiga of N & C Alaska and NW Canada; winters SW USA and Mexico.
A. a. sponsa
Banks, 2011 – SW Alaska; winters California and W Mexico.
A. a. elgasi
Delacour & Ripley, 1975 – S Alaska (Cook Inlet); winters California (Sacramento Valley).
A. a. flavirostris
Dalgety & P. M. Scott, 1948 – W Greenland; winters British Is.
65–86 cm; male 2050–3600 g, female 1800–2900 g (flavirostris); wingspan 130–165 cm. Main risk of confusion is with A. erythropus,... read more
Very vocal at all seasons (especially when in flocks) and vocalizations give rise to old,... read more
Breeds in open tundra near marshes, boggy mires, lakes, pools and rivers, near coast as well as... read more
Food and feeding
Roots, leaves, stems and seeds of various plants, herbs, berries, grasses and sedges; also grain (corn, oats), potatoes and sprouting... read more
Starts late May/Jun, for example race elgasi (in Alaska) reaches breeding areas in late Apr and initiated nests on average 15 days... read more
Migratory, spends winter months in fixed areas at lower latitudes, mostly in temperate Europe, Asia... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Generally widespread and abundant, although some races scarce and is hunted over nearly its entire range, although restrictive... read more
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