The snow goose (Anser caerulescens) is a North American goose species.
Size and appearance
The head of the snow goose is white and the beak red. The body of the bird is white in winter, but gray in summer and its hand feathers are black. A similar species is the North American Eskimo goose, for which no wild observations are known from Europe. Source? The length is 66–84 cm, the wingspan is 132–165 cm and the weight is 2.5–3.3 kg.
The snow goose nests in Alaska and Canada, as well as the eastern tip of Siberia, and migrates across almost the entire North American continent. In Europe, the species is found as a fugitive and sometimes as a wanderer during migration. In Finland, the species is an annual rarity during the main migration of Arctic geese in May and September – October. The possibility of fugitives in these observations is high.
The bird reaches sexual maturity at the age of two and nests four to five eggs at the turn of June-August. Emo incubates eggs for 24 days.
The snow goose eats almost exclusively plant material such as seeds, leaves and the roots of many wild grasses, as well as sorghum, reeds and ryegrass.
The snowman’s long migration journey inspired American writer Paul Gallico. He wrote The Snow Goose, one of the most popular stories of the 20th century in the English-speaking world.