Not Just Any Goose: Ross’s Goose

Photo of Ross's Goose with Canada Geese

Appearing very much like a miniature Snow Goose, Ross's Goose is the only other goose in North America that is all white with black wingtips. In evaluating a white goose in the field, observers should note head shape and bill details, in addition to overall body size. Ross's has a rounder head and a stubbier bill which lacks the obvious grin patch of a Snow Goose*.

Ross's Geese are rarely encountered in New England, with just a few spotted in a typical year. The individual pictured here was found with a flock of Canada Geese in Fort Fairfield, Maine in late September.

To learn more about these small, mostly white (alleged) vegetarians, visit All About Birds. To view the following images in full-size, click here.

*For a sketch comparison of each, as well as a discussion of hybrids, see David Sibley's Identification of White Geese blog post.

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