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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Anseriformes
Family:Anatidae
Genus:Anser
Genus species:Anser caerulescens

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:65-84 cm
Weight:3.5 kg
Identification:The snow goose has white feathers with black wingtips and a pinkish bill.
Habitat:Lakes and swamps in Arctic tundra
Diet:Herbivore: sprouts, grains, herbaceous plants, roots, leaves, grass, clover
Reproduction:Snow geese mate in June. The female incubates 3-5 eggs for 24 days. The chicks can fly by the time they are six weeks old.
Loose nesting colonies form during the breeding season.
Behavior:The snow goose is very gregarious. It spends most of its time on land and is very noisy when in flight.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:These birds can fly up to 95 kilometers per hour. Their main predators are Arctic foxes and jaegers.

Other Information

Geographic:Northern North America Date:1972 Subjects:duck-like bird
Snow goose
Eggs
Anser
Anatidae
Anseriformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata
Geeses
Water birds
Waterfowl