Snow Goose

Snow Goose

Snow Goose
(Anser caerulescens)

Order:  Anseriformes
Family:  Anatidae

Photo © Simon Barrette. [CC SA 4.0]

Snow Goose Information

Length:  25 - 31"

Breeding habitat: Arctic tundra,
either along the coast or near lakes and rivers.

Winter habitat: Saltwater marshes, freshwater marshes, agricultural land near water.

Diet:  Roots, leaves, and seeds of aquatic vegetation such as bulrushes, sedges,and marsh grasses; tender shoots of grasses in pastures and meadows; waste grains and wild berries.

  Calls of the Snow Goose

  Identification tips for the Snow Goose

Additional Information

Snow Goose
Habitat, diet, feeding behavior, nesting, migration, and conservation status of this bird. Includes range map, photos, and sounds. (From Audubon Field Guide)

Snow Geese

Snow Geese

© David Blevins

Range in New England

Snow Geese can be seen during migration in most of New England, excluding Maine and parts of northeastern New Hampshire.

In New England, this bird can be found wintering along coasts of Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.

Range Map for Snow Goose

From Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Christmas Bird Count Map

Historical CBC Map from USGS