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Ross's Goose Chen rossii


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Ross's Goose, juvenile
credit: Mike Baird /CCSA

© Lang Elliot/ (audio)

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Family: Anatidae, Ducks and Geese view all from this family

Description ADULT WHITE MORPH Has white plumage, except for black primaries. Bill and legs are pink. ADULT blue MORPH Mainly dark blue-gray, except for white on face, underparts, and vent. Bill and legs are pink. JUVENILE blue MORPH Similar to adult. JUVENILE WHITE MORPH Similar to adult, but with slightly dirty-looking plumage.

Dimensions Length: 24" (61 cm)

Habitat Locally common. Nests on tundra and winters on farmland and wetlands.

Observation Tips Good numbers winter in California's Central Valley.

Range Southeast, Southwest, Northwest, Alaska, California, Texas, Rocky Mountains, Eastern Canada, Western Canada, Plains

Voice Utters a soft, squeaking keek-keek.

Discussion Small Arctic goose. Superficially similar to Snow Goose with which it is often observed, but appreciably smaller, with a more dainty bill. Occurs in two color forms: white morph is by far the commoner; blue morph is rare. Sexes are similar. Feeds by grazing vegetation. In flight, wingbeats are noticeably more rapid than in other, larger geese.