Greater White-fronted Goose

Medium-sized goose that breeds in Arctic tundra and winters in large flocks in agricultural areas and wetlands. Smaller than Canada Goose with bright orange legs and bill, white face and forehead, and black markings on belly. Immatures lack white face and black on belly and have duller orange legs and bill.

As is true of many geese, Greater White-fronted Goose pairs stay together for years and migrate together, along with their offspring. White-fronted Goose family bonds can last longer than in most geese, and some young stay with their parents through the next breeding season. Parent and sibling associations may continue throughout their lives.

Total population in North America fluctuates. Apparently declined in [the] 1970s, increased again in [the] late 1980s and later. Status of “Tule Goose” poorly understood, may be vulnerable because of small numbers and limited range.

The white-fronted goose is primarily a grazer and feeds on marsh grasses, grain crops, tundra plants, aquatic plants and fresh plant growth in fields. They also eat berries, aquatic insects and their larvae.

The Greater White-fronted Goose grazes while walking on land, and dabbles when in the water. Social most of the year, this goose is territorial during the breeding season.

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