French: Oie de Ross German: Zwergschneegans Spanish: Ánsar de Ross
Great Slave Lake, Canada
Arctic Canada in Queen Maud Gulf, Baffin I, Southampton I and W coast of Hudson Bay; rare on Banks I and in Alaska. Winters in S USA (California E to Louisiana) and N Mexico.
53–66 cm; male 1224–1880 g, female 1270–1660 g. Female averages smaller (e.g. wing 360–395 mm, versus wing of male 370–400 mm) with shorter neck... read more
Sad, murmuring “mmmmm” or “uuuhhhh” serves in contact and is similar to lowing cow, whereas loud... read more
Breeds primarily on predator-free rocky or scrubby and grassy islands in large lakes of Arctic... read more
Food and feeding
Essentially vegetarian; roots, leaves, stems and green parts of aquatic plants and sedges; also spilt or unharvested grain (barley, rice)... read more
Starts late May/Jun, immediately upon arrival on breeding grounds, but can be delayed due to climatic conditions. Generally considered to... read more
Migratory, main wintering area in California (Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys), but also in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Dramatic increase in recent decades, although still legally hunted in places (and sometimes accidentally shot, being mistaken for... read more
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