Appearance: - The tiny Ross's Goose has a white plumage with black wing-tips, a short reddish-pink beak with pale tip, the base of the beak has a greenish-grey warty area on the male, and legs and feet are reddish-pink. Both sexes are similar. The Ross's Goose has a similar plumage to the Snow Goose (in white phase) but is a much smaller bird with a smaller beak, and a smaller and more rounded head.
Size: - Typical Adult is 57-64cm (22-25in).
Food: - Mostly grasses, sedges, shoots, and grain.
Habitat/Range: - Arctic tundra, wetlands, and agricultural fields in north Canada - Queen Maud Gulf, and west of Hudson Bay. They winter further south in southern USA - California, Texas & Louisiana, and occasionally north Mexico.
Breeding Season: - Usually mid-June.
Eggs: - 2 to 8 (pale creamy-white colour).
Notes: - The Ross's Goose belongs to the Chen genus (White Geese). It is a small North American Goose which gets its name from Bernard R. Ross, a Hudson's Bay Company factor at Fort Resolution in Canada's Northwest Territories. This bird has extended its range and is increasing its population.
Conservation status (IUCN 3.1):
Classification: - Family: Anatidae,
Subfamily: Anserinae, Genus: Chen.