Snow Goose

Snow Goose

Scientific name: Anser caerulescens

Did you know: The Snow Goose has two distinct colour variations – a brilliant all-white form and a striking blue-grey one. This fascinating bird is a treat to observe in its natural habitat!

What Do Snow Geese Look Like? (how to identify them)

Snow Geese are captivating birds, easily recognised by their two colour morphs: the classic white, with black-tipped wings, and the less common blue-grey phase. These birds are medium-sized with stout bills and long, thick necks

The blue phase is characterised by a white head and predominantly blue-grey body, while the white phase is almost entirely snow-white except for black wingtips.

Differences Between Male And Female Snow Geese

Sexual dimorphism in Snow Geese is subtle, with males and females appearing similar in plumage. However, males are generally slightly larger than females. The key to differentiating them lies in their size and, during interactions, in their behaviours.

What Do Snow Geese Eat?

Snow Geese predominantly feed on a diet of grasses and grains. They adapt their feeding habits seasonally; in warmer areas, they graze on leftover grains in fields, while in their breeding grounds, they primarily consume grasses and aquatic vegetation.

Where Do Snow Geese Live? (inc. migration info)

Snow Geese breed in the Arctic regions of North America and migrate to warmer areas for the winter. Their migration journey is impressive, spanning thousands of miles from the Arctic tundra to various parts of the United States and Mexico. 

They are known for their spectacular migratory flocks, often forming large, noisy V-formations in the sky.

Bird Calls & Songs (the unique voices of Snow Geese)

Snow Geese are extremely vocal, known for their loud, honking calls. These calls are crucial for communication within their large flocks during migration and feeding. Each goose has a slightly different call, helping them recognise family members amongst the flock.

Fun Snow Goose Facts (kid-friendly)

  • Snow Geese can live up to 20 years in the wild.
  • They migrate in huge flocks, sometimes numbering in the hundreds of thousands.
  • Snow Geese pairs often stay together for life.
  • They can fly at speeds up to 50 miles per hour.
  • Young Snow Geese are called “goslings” and are born with yellowish-grey feathers.
  • These geese have been known to travel over 3,000 miles during their migration.
  • In the wild, Snow Geese often nest in colonies for safety.
  • They are known for their strong family bonds, with families sticking together even during migration.

Facts About The Snow Goose

Diet: Grass.
Length: 65-80cm
Wingspan: 132-165cm
Weight: 1,800-4,300g
Scientific Name: Anser caerulescens

The Snow Goose Can Be Seen In The UK During The Following Months

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • October
  • November
  • December