Snow goose

Species profile

Name: the snow goose (Anser caerulescens) is a North American species of goose.

Appearance: snow geese come in two different colours: all white and a grey/blue. Both types have pink feet and pink beaks.

Size: snow geese stand up to 80 cm tall, weigh 4.5 kg, with a wingspan of up to 1.6 metres.

Diet: they are vegetarians, with their diet consisting of grasses and grains.

Did you know: there are two major predators of snow geese – Arctic foxes and skuas. The biggest threat from these predators is during the first couple of weeks after eggs are laid or young have hatched. Snow geese have been observed nesting next to snowy owl nests which may actually help reduce predation. As the owls can help keep other predators away from both sets of nests!

Location: snow geese breed in Greenland, Canada, Alaska, and Siberia. They spend their winters in the warmer parts of Canada, the United States, and even as far down as Mexico. They are occasionally seen in Europe and the UK.

Where to see Snow geese

According to reports submitted to WildSide, you can see snow geese in the following places:

Place Chance to see User rating No. reports
Sevenoaks
England
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very low
2.9
average
7
reports

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