The Snow Goose (Anser caerulescens) is a North American species of goose. Its name derives from the typically white plumage. The American ornithologist, David Sibley, places this species and the other North American "white" geese in the genus Chen, rather than the more traditional "grey" goose genus Anser. The Snow Goose is then classed as Chen caerulescens. Snow geese migration, Bosque del Apache, New Mexico: note blue phase bird at far leftThis goose breeds in northern Canada and the northeastern tip of Siberia, and winters much further south in the continent in the southern USA and beyond. These birds migrate in large flocks, often visiting traditional stopover habitats in spectacular numbers.














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These birds mainly eat plant material, found in shallow water or on land. Outside of the nesting season, they usually feed in flocks. In winter, these birds feed on left-over grain in fields. The population of Greater Snow Geese was in decline at the beginning of the 20th century, but has now recovered to sustainable levels. The number of Snow Geese has increased to the point where the tundra breeding areas in the Arctic and the saltmarsh wintering grounds are both becoming severely degraded, and this affects other species using the same habitat. Extending hunting of this wary species has made no significant impact on numbers.

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