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Bird Species of the World's Boreal Forests

MAMMALS

   
Anser caerulescens
Snow Goose

Description

Distinguishing Features - Length: 56 - 79 cm; weight 1.2 - 2.5 kg. Overall colouration: pure white with black wing tips, pink feet and stout pink bill with black margin. In some regions, a blue phase occurs and were formerly considered a seperate species - the Blue Goose Chen caerulescens.

Snow Goose Habitat

Northeastern Siberia, Arctic America; tundra, marshes, grainfields, prairies, ponds, bays.

Diet

Largely plant materials; seeds of aquatic plants and cultivated grains.

Notes

The species is noisy in flight; more terrestrial than ducks; the voice is a high pitched nasal barking.




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