Chen caerulescens atlanticus


Common Names: Greater snow goose, blue goose
Category: Birds
Sub-category: Ducks, Geese, & Swans


The snow goose has two color plumage morphs, white (snow) or gray/blue (blue), thus the common description as 'snows' and 'blues.' White-morph birds are white except for black wing tips, but blue-morph geese have bluish-grey plumage replacing the white except on the head, neck and tail tip. The immature blue phase is drab or slate-gray with little to no white on the head, neck, or belly. Both snow and blue phases have rose-red feet and legs, and pink bills with black tomia ('cutting edges'), giving them a black 'grin patch.' The colors are not as bright on the feet, legs, and bill of immature birds. The head can be stained rusty-brown from minerals in the soil where they feed. The species is divided into two subspecies on the basis of size and geography.

Can be found mixed with flocks of Canada geese. In winter, snow geese feed on left-over grain in fields.

Edible Notes: Wild geese are edible, but they have strong game flavor compared to the domestic goose. They lack the fat of a domestic goose and require barding or larding when cooking.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.
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