IUCN Red List Status:

Least Concern

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Ross’ Snow Geese eat a variety of aquatic plants, roots, sedges, leaves, grains and grasses.


During winter they inhabit low agricultural land but during the breeding season they can be found on rocky and scrubby islands in large lakes.

Fun Fact

Ross’ Snow Goose has a relatively short neck, and is the smallest of the three light geese that breed in North America.


The average lifespan is 15 years.

Ross’ Snow Goose (Anser Rossii) is a North American species of goose that breeds mainly in Canada. It is a white goose with black wingtips.

Population: Before the early 1900s, this goose was considered a rare species, possibly as a consequence of open hunting, but numbers have increased dramatically as a result of conservation measures.  It is now listed as a species of ‘Least Concern’ by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

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