Emperor Goose

Chen canagica

Order

ANSERIFORMES

Family

Ducks, Geese and Swans (Anatidae)

Code 4

EMGO

Code 6

CHECAN

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Near Threatened

The Emperor Goose has a current classification rating of Near Threatened. While the population of the Emperor Goose has witnessed some increase in the last few years, historically there have been significant decreases, particularly during the mid-20th century. The breeding range of this bird is restricted and the Emperor Goose can only be found in the Bering Sea. The primary threats to this bird are believed to be coastal oil pollution and climate change in its range. This bird is native to the United States and Russia. It has been occasionally seen in Japan and Canada.

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BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY

SUMMARY

Overview

Emperor Goose: This small goose has slate-gray plumage that is subtly barred in white and black. It has a white head and hindneck, a dark foreneck, a short pink bill, and a white tail with black under tail coverts. The legs are bright yellow-orange. It feeds on plants, crustaceans and mollusks. It has a direct flight with rapid wing beats. The sexes are similar, with the female slightly smaller.

 

Range and Habitat

Emperor Goose: This species breeds on islands in the Bering Sea and marshy coasts of western Alaska and winters mainly in the Aleutian Islands east to Kodiak Island. Also breeds in Kamchatka, Russia. In winter, this bird may wander as far south as Oregon. Preferred habitats include coasts, mudflats, and coastal tundra.

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Emperor Goose SONGS AND CALLS

Emperor Goose A1

Calls from a pair.

Emperor Goose A2

Wing noise and "kla-ha" calls from a pair.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"Kla-ga-kla-ga-kla-ga", "u-lugh-u-lugh"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Emperor Goose population declined from an estimated 139,000 in 1964 to 42,000 in 1986. The causes of this decline are not well understood. Currently, the population seems to be on the rise in Alaska.
  • The 2000 population survey was 62,600 geese, which was 38% higher than the previous year's estimate.
  • A group of geese has many collective nouns, including a "blizzard", "chevron", "knot", "plump", and "string" of geese.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

RANGE MAP HAWAII

About this Hawaii Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across the Hawaiian island.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Yury Lisyak

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BIRDS AND BIRDING

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ForeneckX
Also called the jugulum or throat patch, it is located on the front of the neck.
HindneckX
Also called the nape and collar, it is the back of the neck.

Tail covertsX
The short tail feathers covering the base of the long tail feathers.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X