Anser albifrons


Common Names: Greater white-fronted goose, greater whitefront, specklebelly
Category: Birds
Sub-category: Ducks, Geese, & Swans


Size is approximately 25-32 inches in length, a 51-65 inch wingspan and weigh 4.3-7.3 lbs. They have bright orange legs and mouse-coloured upper wing-coverts. Both males and females have a pinkish bill and orange legs and feet. It is named for the patch of white feathers bordering the base of its bill. But even more distinctive are the salt-and-pepper markings on the breast of adult birds. As well as being larger than the lesser white-fronted goose, the greater white-fronted goose lacks the yellow eye-ring of that species, and the white facial blaze does not extend upwards so far as in lesser.

The greater white-fronted goose is very rare in Connecticut and the listing here is based on limited reports.

Edible Notes: Anser albifrons albifrons and Anser albifrons flavirostis are protected under the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (1999). They are also a very rare sighting in Connecticut. Therefore they should not be taken for food. The greater white-fronted goose is reported as edible by various sources. In the book, Braving It: A Father, A Daughter, And An Unforgettable Journey Into The Alaskan Wild by James Campbell, the taste is described as "dark meat with the texture of grass-fed beef and wild taste". As a viable alternative, domestic goose meat is often available in supermarkets, especially around Christmas time. Stew Leonards in Norwalk has carried whole goose and most supermarkets should be able to order it upon request.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.
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