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Snow Goose

Chen caerulescens
Snow Goose

Range

They are found in breeding colonies in northern Alaska across the arctic from Canada to Greenland and northeastern Siberia. They winter in the U.S. on the coast of California, the west Gulf coast, and the middle Atlantic coast.

Habitat

They summer on the arctic tundra near fresh water and winter in coastal wetlands or farm fields.

Body Traits

They are more than 2.5 feet tall. There are 2 different looks (phases) of snow goose. One is mostly white with black feathers on the tip of the wings. The other has a white head and neck front, but a dark gray body. They have a pink bill with a black patch along the edge called a grinning patch. They have dark eyes and pink legs.

Habits

They mate for life.

Diet

They eat plants from water plants to farm grains.

Reproduction

The dig a nest on the ground and line it with plants and feather down. Females lay 2-6 white to gray eggs.

Snow Goose

Classification

Domain:    Eukarya
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Aves
Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Genus:  Chen
Species: C. caerulescens

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