Ross' geese are small compared
to many other members of the geese family --
about 24 inches long, a wingspan of about 45
inches, and weighing between 30 and 72 ounces.
The male is slightly larger than the female,
otherwise both sexes look alike.
They are completely white
except for black primaries, a greenish warty
patch at the base of a pink bill, and dark pink
legs. Goslings are pale gray above and white
below, have a gray line through the eyes, and
gray legs, feet and bill.
Distribution and Habitat
Ross' geese breed in the
central Canadian Arctic and winter primarily in
central California, but they are becoming more
frequent farther east. They are found on low
arctic tundra or islands in shallow lakes during
the breeding season, and in agricultural fields
and shallow wetlands during the winter.
The nest is a depression
scraped into the ground and lined with plant
material and down feathers. Two to six eggs are
laid per clutch. The female does all of the
incubation, with the male standing guard.
Goslings are able to leave the nest within 24
hours of hatching.
Ross' geese are strictly
vegetarian, feeding on grasses, sedges, legumes,
and domestic grains.
genus & species Chen rossii
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