Blue Goose
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General description.

The species known as the Blue Goose is also known as the Snow Goose. The different names refer to different color phases of the same goose. The Blue Goose and the Snow Goose were previously believed to be entirely different species until 1983. The white or snow phase of the Snow Goose presents an almost entirely white body with black wing tips whereas the blue phase presents a grayish blue body with a white head, neck, and tail tip. The Blue Goose population plummeted in the early 1900s and the goose was thus protected from being hunted, but the population rebounded with great strength. Now, there are conservation hunts to control the ever increasing population of the Blue Goose. Overpopulation of the Blue Goose could be detrimental to its habitat. The Blue Goose feeds on waste grains and plants and can be observed delving into soil with it's bill to pull out roots for food. Very chatty and shrill, the collective members of a Blue Goose flock can be heard up to a mile away. The Blue Goose flock can number as high as an impressive 20,000 geese.

Female appearance.

Similar to male, only slightly smaller

Juvenile appearance.

In its blue phase, an immature Blue Goose will look drabber and grayer than its adult counterpart and has very little white on its face and neck.

Flight pattern.

Direct with moderate wing beats

Breeding habits.

Monogamous. Nest in colonies.

Calls or song.

Shrill notes and honks

Population and distribution.

Common to abundant

Nesting habits.

23-25 days of incubation by female. 1 brood per year.

Similar birds:

Ross' Goose Photo Ross' Goose
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