Snow Goose

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Snow Goose

Common name: Snow Goose
Scientific name:
Anser caerulescens 

At the zoo: 1 female (24y) and 3 brothers (9y)

Habitat:
Snow Geese are found throughout North America. They migrate to the Arctic Tundra during breeding season.

Diet:
Snow Geese graze on grass, sedges, rushes, moss, shrubs, roots, and invertebrates. They will also forage in wasted winter wheat and cornfields.

Median Life Expectancy:
20 years

Conservation Status: Least Concern

Biology:
Snow Geese live in family groups that forage together. They can be found in huge flocks of up to several hundred thousand. There are two different colour variations: the 'snow phase' and the 'blue phase'. In the snow phase the geese are all white with black wing-tips and in the blue phase the geese have a blue/grey cast to their feathers, also with black wing-tips. It was originally thought that they were two different species, but it was discovered that they live and interbreed together commonly.

Fun Fact:
Did you know that Snow Geese are monogamous and mating pairs tend to return to the same nest each year!?


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