Greater White-fronted Goose

General description.

The Greater White-fronted Goose is a medium sized goose with a white patch around the base of its pink-orange bill. With a brownish gray upper body and salt and pepper spots on its belly, The Greater White-fronted Goose is known colloquially as "Specklebelly." The blue-gray wings of this duck are quite noticeable during flight. The Greater White-fronted Goose differs slightly from its close relative the Lesser White-fronted Goose; the Greater is larger in size and the Lesser has a yellow eye-ring. The Greater White-fronted Goose is known for being a long-distance migrant and travels in noisy, large flocks in a V-formation. This goose eats grains, insects, grasses and aquatic plants. The Greater White-fronted Goose is monogamous and long lived. Both parents tend to their young through the next breeding season.

Female appearance.

Similar to the male

Juvenile appearance.

Yellow feet, bill and legs

Flight pattern.

DIrect flight with rapid wing beats. V-formation.

Breeding habits.


Calls or song.

kah-lah-aluek or wah-wah-wah

Population and distribution.

Common to fairly common

Nesting habits.

22-28 days of incubation. 1 brood per year
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