Ross' Goose

General description.

The Ross' Goose is the smallest North American goose. Along with his frequent companion the Snow Goose, the Ross' Goose shares color morph patterns of white and blue. A blue-morph Ross' Goose, however, is much more rare than a blue-morph Snow Goose. The typical coloring for an average Ross' Goose is all white with bold black tips on the wings. They have a short neck and a pinkish orange bill which is small and triangular in shape. A long distance migrator, the Ross' Goose breeds in the Arctic and Northern Canadian tundra and spends the winter in Northern Mexico and the Southern United States. Highly social and verbal, the Ross' Goose is found in large flocks. This goose feeds mostly on grasses, sedges, and grains and can be found in fresh-water marshes, near shallow lakes and on agricultural lands. The Ross' Goose is known for its gentle and eye pleasing countenance.

Female appearance.

Similar to male

Juvenile appearance.

Light gray back and wings

Flight pattern.

Direct, rapid. V formation.

Breeding habits.

Monogamous. Nests in colonies.

Calls or song.

High pitched call kug or kek, kek. Also known to cackle and grunt.

Population and distribution.

Rare to uncommon in migration, common on breeding grounds

Nesting habits.

21-24 day incubation (by female). 1 brood per year. Young tended to by both male and female.

Similar birds:

Blue Goose Photo Blue Goose
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