Species: Snow Goose (Chen caerulescens)
The Snow Goose, also known as the Blue Goose, is a species of North American Goose. Snow Geese are divided into to subspecies; the lesser Snow Goose and the greater Snow Goose, this division is one of size difference. Both subspecies stand from 25 to 31 inches tall, the greater in the upper part of this range. The lesser Snow Goose weighs in at 4 1/2 to 6 lbs., while the greater weighing in at a little over 7 lbs.
The Snow Goose is predominantly a white-bodied goose with black wingtips that are barely visible on the ground, but quite noticeable in flight. The pink bill has a dark line along it, often called a “grinning patch” or “black lips.” You may also see dark morph Snow Geese, or “Blue Geese,” with a white face, dark brown body, and white under the tail.
Snow Geese are flock animals, sometimes in groups as large as several hundred thousand, as a family they forage together and have adapted to the agricultural fields, and as such, their numbers continue to grow.
The Snow Geese breed in the northern tundras, and migrate south along the coastal regions and central America during the winter season, sometimes traveling as much as 3000 miles.
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