Wild Geese

Ross Geese


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Ross Geese Details

Ross Geese, Chen rossii, are lovely little geese - like smaller versions of a Snow Goose. They are often seen with flocks of Snow Geese in the wild. Like Call Ducks, these geese have a 'cute' expression to them, most likely due to their short necks and bills and chunky, cheeky appearance. Females and males look very similar. They are primarily white, with black primary feathers or wing tips, dark eyes, and pinkish bills and feet.

These birds are good choices for raising in captivity and are hardy and easy to care for.

Range: Ross Geese are migratory and breed in the center areas of the Canadian Arctic, mainly in the "Queen Maud Gulf Migratory Bird Sanctuary." They usually winter in central California and have been recently been found wintering in locations in Mexico, Texas, and Louisiana.

Habitat: Ross Geese, like many species of geese, are mainly vegetarians and grazers. They inhabit grassy fields, meadows, shallow wetlands, agricultural fields, and other grasslands. Breeds in the tundra.

Status in the Wild: Ross Geese are currently classified as being of Least Concern in conservation status, but they are relatively rare to spot in the wild.

Status in Aviculture: Ross Geese are often found in avian collections.

Breeding: Ross Geese are monogamous. Nests are made on the ground and are incubated by the female. The male remains close by and actively guards the nest. Clutch size is between 4-5 white eggs. Incubation takes 21-24 days. The goslings are cared for and protected by both parents.

Lifespan: Ross Geese can live over 20 years of age.

Size: Ross Geese are the smallest North American goose species, almost mallard-sized. They weigh about 3.7 pounds. They measure between 21 to 26 inches in length and have a wingspan of 47-54 inches.

Housing Requirements: Ross Geese are hardy birds. They require water for washing and bathing in and grass or fields for foraging and grazing. They do fly, so aviary must have a top and be sure to provide protection against predators.

Diet: The wild diet of the Ross Geese consists mostly of grass and fresh grains. They are entirely vegetarian. A commercial waterfowl grain-based diet would be a solid accompaniment to pasture forage.

Miscellaneous Notes: The young Ross Geese can be two different colors when they hatch - yellow or gray. Once they get their true feathers in, they look identical.

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