- Body length ranges from 54 to 66 centimetres (inches).
- Wingspan can range from 118 to 135 centimetres (inches).
- General characteristics for both males and females include:
- White plumage
- Dark pink bill with small warts on the base
- Dark pink feet
- Black wing tips
- Immature geese have grey plumage, and dark bills and feet.
- Call is a high pitched and squeaky luk-luk.
- Wintering range for this species is in California.
- Breeding range covers a restricted area of the Arctic coast from Perry River to Banks Island.
- Ross’s geese do not nest in Alberta; they migrate through the province in the spring and autumn.
- Can be found in shallow wetlands, lakes and fields.
- Ross's geese, like other species, feed on young grass shoots, and waste grain when migrating.
- Ross's geese build nests of mosses and reeds lined with down, on the ground on the tundra.
- They lay three to six creamy-white eggs.
Ross's geese are classified as Secure in the current General Status of Alberta Wild Species report. See:
Hunting season information for this species is provided in the current Alberta Guide to Hunting Regulations. To
view the guide online or to order a printed copy, visit the My Wild Alberta website at:
Ross’s geese are indistinguishable from snow geese except for size (Ross’s geese are smaller), voice and the lack of a grinning
patch on the bill.
Updated: Jan 8, 2014