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The snow goose, Chen caerulescens or Anser caerulescens, also known as the blue goose, is a North American species of goose. Its name comes from its white feathers. Some authorities place this species in the Chen genus.[1] Other authorities place these species in the "gray goose" genus Anser.[2] In addition to a white phase they also have a blue phase.[3] In the white phase they are all-white except for their primary feathers which are black. In the blue phase the head and upper neck remain white.[3]


  • 1 Subspecies
  • 2 Related pages
  • 3 References
  • 4 Other websites

Subspecies[change | change source]

There are two known subspecies:

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  • Lesser Snow goose - Breeds in Alaska, arctic Canada and Siberia. In winter they migrate to western and southern USA and Mexico.[4]
  • Greater Snow goose - It breeds in eastern arctic Canada and Greenland. It winters along the US Atlantic coast.[4] It is slightly larger than the Lesser Snow goose and has a heavier bill.[4]
  • Related pages[change | change source]

    • Goose
    • Gray goose
    • Magellan Goose

    References[change | change source]

    1. Kenn Kaufman, Lives of North American Birds (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2001), p. 75
    2. Malcolm A. Ogilvie, Wildfowl of the World (London: New Holland Publishers, 2002), p. 38
    3. 3.0 3.1 Ducks, Geese and Swans, ed. Janet Kear (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005), pp. 297–298
    4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 M. A. Ogilvie; Steve Young, Wildfowl of the World (London: New Holland, 2002), p. 38

    Other websites[change | change source]

    • Snow Goose Species Account – Cornell Lab of Ornithology
    • The Nature Conservancy's Species profile: Snow Goose Learn more about the conservation of these geese
    • Snow Goose - Chen caerulescens – USGS Patuxent Bird Identification InfoCenter
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