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Anseriformes > Anatidae

Ross's Goose

Anser rossii

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Miniature version of Snow Goose with smaller body, shorter neck, and stubbier bill. Lacks a black "grinning patch" where the upper and lower mandibles meet (present on Snow Goose) and base of bill is often bluish-gray. Also note clean white head; Snow Goose typically has yellowish staining on face. Travels in flocks from Arctic breeding grounds to wintering grounds, frequently mixes with Snow Geese. Herbivorous; prefers agricultural fields and wetlands. Dark morph is extremely rare.

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