Fauna of Saskatchewan 14

83240003Ross’s Goose*

Chen rossii

Location: Waterfowl Park, Regina

Interesting facts:

– The species was first discovered by Samuel Hearne, and Arctic explorer, around 1770-1.

– Breeds in the tundra of the Canadian Arctic. This was not known until the 1940s.

– Ross’s geese feed on grasses and grains.

– Down on young can be yellow or gray, but indistinguishable when they get older.

 

* I believe this to be a Ross’s Goose; it has a short, round head. It also has a “grin patch” which is common in Snow Geese. It may be a hybrid of the two species. If you can confirm please let me know.

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