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Lesser White Fronted Geese


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Lesser White Fronted Geese Details

Lesser White-Fronted Geese

Anser erythropus

Lesser White-Fronted Geese are pretty brownish gray geese with bright orange-pink bills and feet and white lacing over the wings. They have plump bodies and round heads. Their upper chest is light colored, and a band of white feathers on the face sets off their bills. They have a yellow ring around the eye. Males and females look similar.

Range: Lesser White-Fronted Geese are native inhabitants of the northernmost parts of Europe and Asia. Migration for the winner takes them into the Mediterranean, Mongolia, and China.

Habitat: Lesser White-Fronted Geese enjoy low-lying bogs, marshes, ponds, lakes, and wetlands. In winter, they form large groups and prefer large open water surrounded by sedge and grasses or grassy river valleys.

Status in the Wild: The Lesser White-Fronted Goose is an endangered species, and its Conservation Status is currently listed as Vulnerable. Breeding and releasing programs are underway by several groups to broaden the wild population.

Status in Aviculture: Lesser White-Fronted Geese are a attractive looking species of goose and are hardy, yet small in size. They also get along with other kinds of waterfowl. All these factors make them popular in wild waterfowl collections and aviaries.

Breeding: Breeding Season is May through June. Lesser White-Fronted Geese are monogamous, and pairs form strong bonds. Nest sites are always chosen next to water. Females choose the nest site, lay between 3 and 6 eggs within it, and incubation is for 25-28 days. The male stands guard while the female incubates the nest. Once hatched, the young goslings are able to swim and start foraging for themselves within 24 hours.

Lifespan: Lesser White-Fronted Geese have been reported to live between 9-20 years in the wild, but in captivity, they can live well over 25 years.

Size: Lesser White-Fronted Geese are small geese - similar in size to many large ducks. They measure 20-23 inches and weigh 4-4.5 pounds when mature.

Housing Requirements: Most wild goose species do need access to a large body of water, and Lesser White-Fronted Geese are no exception. Aviary netting or some sort of enclosure will be needed if your geese are not pinioned. And always consider the predators in your location, and be sure your geese are safe.

Diet: Lesser White-Fronted Geese are omnivores, although the bulk of their diet is vegetarian in nature. They eat marsh grasses, sprouted grains, aquatic plants, berries, as well as aquatic insects. Like most geese, these birds are excellent foragers and do well eating a grass diet. They can be raised in captivity on waterfowl or game bird feed with access to forage.

Miscellaneous Notes: Although not a North American native, Lesser White-Fronted Geese have been seen on the tip of the Alaskan Aleutian Islands on Attu Island.

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