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Ross's Goose (Chen rossii)
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 FACTSDescription
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.
length 57cm - 64cm. Wingspan: 114cm
Breeds on arctic tundra, on islands in shallow lakes. Winters in wetlands and farmland.
grasses, sedges, legumes, domestic grains.
The nest is a scrape in the ground lined with plant material and down. Lays a clutch of 2-6 white eggs.
Breeds in Canadian Arctic and along Hudson Bay. Rare in Alaska. Winters in central California, and from Colorado to central Mexico and Texas coast.
Relatives in same Genus
Snow Goose (C. caerulescens)