Bird Species of the World's Boreal Forests


Anser caerulescens
Snow Goose


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.


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


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

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