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 Ross's Goose (Chen rossii)




Ross's Goose | Chen rossii photo
Ross's Goose, Farm Loop, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, Near San Antonio, New Mexico

Photograph by Alan And Elaine Wilson. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

ROSS'S GOOSE FACTS

Description
Ross's Goose is a small goose. It is white with black wing primary feathers. It has a round head with dark eyes and a short triangular pink bill. There is a gray line through eye and a green warty patch at the base of the bill. The legs are dark pink. Males and females are similar in appearance.

Size
length 57cm - 64cm. Wingspan: 114cm

Environment
Breeds on arctic tundra, on islands in shallow lakes. Winters in wetlands and farmland.

Food
grasses, sedges, legumes, domestic grains.

Breeding
The nest is a scrape in the ground lined with plant material and down. Lays a clutch of 2-6 white eggs.

Range
Breeds in Canadian Arctic and along Hudson Bay. Rare in Alaska. Winters in central California, and from Colorado to central Mexico and Texas coast.

Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Anseriformes
Family:Anatidae
Genus:Chen
Species:rossii
Common Name:Ross's Goose


Relatives in same Genus
  Snow Goose (C. caerulescens)