Greater White-fronted Goose

Anser albifrons

Order

ANSERIFORMES

Family

Ducks, Geese and Swans (Anatidae)

Code 4

GWFG

Code 6

ANSALB

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Greater White-fronted Goose has a large range, estimated globally at 1,000,000 to 10,000,000 square kilometers. Native to Europe, Asia and North America, the bird prefers grassland, wetlands, and marine ecosystems, though it has been known to reside on arable or pasture land. The population of this bird is estimated to be about 2,900,000 to 3,300,000 individuals across the globe. The population does not show symptoms of decline that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List, thus keeping the evaluation status of the Greater White-fronted Goose at Least Concern.

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BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY

SUMMARY

Overview

Greater White-fronted Goose: This medium-sized goose has a dark-brown body and the underparts are barred and flecked with black. The belly and under tail coverts are white. The front of the face has a white patch and the bill is usually pink-orange. The legs are orange. It feeds on seeds, grain, grasses and berries. It has a steady direct flight with rapid wing beats. The sexes are similar.

 

Range and Habitat

Greater White-fronted Goose: Breeds in Alaska, far-northern Canada, and Greenland. Spends winters from coastal British Columbia to California, in New Mexico, and along the Gulf coast in Texas and Louisiana; more rarely on the east coast and in the interior. Breeds on marshy tundra; winters on marshes and bays.

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Greater White-fronted Goose SONGS AND CALLS

Greater White-fronted Goose A1

Typical two to three syllable laughing flight call.

Greater White-fronted Goose A2

Calls from a pair on the ground.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"Kah-lah-aluek", " wah-wah-wah"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Greater White-fronted Goose has one of the largest ranges of any species of goose in the world. In North America, however, it is common only west of the Mississippi River.
  • The "Tule Goose" of the West Coast is considered a subspecies; its breeding grounds were unknown until 1979, when birds were found nesting near Anchorage, Alaska.
  • These geese often migrate in large flocks at night, when they can be identified by their distinctive call.
  • A group of geese has many collective nouns, including a "blizzard", "chevron", "knot", "plump", and a "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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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

BellyX
The ventral part of the bird, or the area between the flanks on each side and the crissum and breast. Flight muscles are located between the belly and the breast.
FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
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