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Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons

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The Greater White-fronted Goose is an holarctic breeding waterbird that visits the northern edge of the Neotropics during the winter.  American birds breed in Alaska and northern Canada, and migrate south in the winter to California, Mexico, and the US Gulf Coast in large flocks.  These geese are largely brown with pinkish-orange bill and legs, white feathering along the base of the bill, black barring on the belly, and white flank stripes.  In the winter, they feed largely on grains and grasses, and are often heard in overflight as they make squeaky two- and three-part bugle calls.

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© Gerrit Vyn

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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-breeding

Recommended Citation

Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/gwfgoo