Snow goose

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Snow geese
Anser caerulescens

The snow goose, Chen caerulescens or Anser caerulescens, also known as the blue goose, is a North American species of goose. Its name comes from its white feathers. Some authorities place this species in the Chen genus.[1] Other authorities place these species in the "gray goose" genus Anser.[2] In addition to a white phase they also have a blue phase.[3] In the white phase they are all-white except for their primary feathers which are black. In the blue phase the head and upper neck remain white.[3]

Subspecies[change | change source]

There are two known subspecies:

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References[change | change source]

  1. Kenn Kaufman, Lives of North American Birds (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2001), p. 75
  2. Malcolm A. Ogilvie, Wildfowl of the World (London: New Holland Publishers, 2002), p. 38
  3. 3.0 3.1 Ducks, Geese and Swans, ed. Janet Kear (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005), pp. 297–298
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 M. A. Ogilvie; Steve Young, Wildfowl of the World (London: New Holland, 2002), p. 38

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