French: Oie des neiges German: Schneegans Spanish: Ánsar nival
Other common names: Greater Snow Goose (atlanticus), Lesser Snow Goose, Blue Goose (caerulescens)
Subspecies and Distribution
A. c. caerulescens
(Linnaeus, 1758) – Wrangel I (off NE Russia); N Alaska and N Canada E to SW Baffin I. Winters in W & SC USA and N Mexico.
A. c. atlanticus
(Kennard, 1927) – NW Greenland and islands in N Baffin Bay, Canada. Winters in CE USA.
66–84 cm; male c. 2700–3800 g, female 3065 g (atlanticus), male 1600–2300 g, female 2280 g (nominate); wingspan 132–165 cm. Only possible... read more
Most frequent is hard cackling, rather nasal and high-pitched, “la-luk”, likened to barking by... read more
Low, grassy tundra, generally in close association with water (ponds, shallow lakes or river deltas... read more
Food and feeding
Essentially vegetarian; roots, tubers, leaves, grasses, stems and seed heads of various aquatic plants and sedges; in winter also grain and... read more
Starts Jun, typically as soon as areas become free of snow and usually within 7–10 (exceptionally c. 17) days of arrival on nesting... read more
Migratory, departs breeding grounds to winter along Atlantic and Gulf coasts of USA, and in SW... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Numerous, with increase of nominate race in C North America, from 424,600 in 1969 to 1,358,000 in 1988 and now speculated to number... read more
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