Snow Goose

Other Names: Blue Goose

Distribution: arctic coasts of North America in summer; discontinuously throughout the western and southern United States in winter.

Snow Goose distribution range map

Description:

Size: 65-75 cm in length with a 133-156 cm wingspan.

Plumage: Uniform white, with black wing tips. Juveniles have a dark bill and are mottled with brownish gray above. Dark-morph birds have bluish-gray upperparts, brownish underparts, and white head and neck. The flight featers may be bordered with white, giving the wings a streaked appearance. The bill and legs are pink and the eyes are small and black.

Species image
Snow Goose

Snow Goose

Bill Shape
spatulate
Regions
alabama
alaska
alberta
aleutians
arizona
arkansas
baja california
british columbia
california
colorado
connecticut
delaware
district of columbia
florida
georgia
hawaii
idaho
illinois
indiana
iowa
kansas
kentucky
labrador
louisiana
maine
manitoba
maryland
massachusetts
mexico
michigan
minnesota
mississippi
missouri
montana
nebraska
nevada
new brunswick
new foundland
new hampshire
new jersey
new mexico
new york
north carolina
north dakota
northwest territories
nova scotia
nunavut
ohio
oklahoma
ontario
oregon
pennsylvania
quebec
rhodeisland
saskatchewan
south carolina
south dakota
tennessee
texas
utah
vermont
virginia
washington
west virginia
wisconsin
wyoming
yukon
Tail Shape
fan-shaped-tail
Wing Shape
pointed-wings
Action
flying
perching
Behavior
soaring
Markings
streaks
wingbands
Sounds
harsh call
Location
high flying
low flying
ground dwelling
high perching
north in summer
south in summer
south in winter
Habitat
fields
Forests
Grasslands
Marshes
Color
black
brown
white
rust
Body Shape
duck
Size
large
Order
ducks, geese and swans - anatidae
ducks, geese and swans - anseriformes
Conservation Status
Least Concern
Bird Species