- Body length ranges from 71 to 84 centimetres (two to three feet).
- Wingspan ranges from 140 centimetres to 150 centimetres (four-and-a-half to five feet).
- These birds are entirely white except for the primary feathers which are black.
- Often they have rusty marks on the head and neck.
- The beak is a deep pink with black serrated edges, giving the appearance of a grin.
- The legs are purplish red.
- In flight, voice is a loud, nasal houk-houk.
- Snow geese migrate through Alberta to and from their Arctic breeding grounds and winter in the southern United States from
California to Florida.
- These geese are often seen in the company of blue geese.
- Can be found in shallow wetlands, lakes and fields.
- During the summer, the geese graze on the grasses and lichens of the tundra; during fall migration, they commonly feed on
- The nest consists of reeds and mosses lined with down, on the ground.
- Four to seven creamy-white eggs are laid.
The snow goose is 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:
Updated: Jan 8, 2014