The Snow Goose
Snow geese are giving their name because they are entirely white except black tip on their wings. They are a migrating bird that travels great distances for warmth.
The snow goose is named for his white feathers. When a flock of snow geese are flying, they can be easily identified. When flying the snow geese fly in a V formation, this reduces the risk of colliding into one another.
The snow goose lives in the most harsh areas of the world. He makes his home in Siberia and Greenland. Snow geese do not remain in these harsh badlands for the winter. They are migrating birds, who migrate to northwestern America, California and to the Gulf of Mexico for winter.
The snow goose’s diet is not constant. They travel to different regions, so there diet changes, to the food available in the area they are in. The snow goose likes land food such as grass, rice, berries and vegetables.
There are fifteen species of geese and of the fifteen the snow goose is the only one that is social during mating season. The snow goose breeds in colonies, some have been recorded to have over 200,000 pairs. When a snow goose chooses a mate, it is for life.
When building their nest, both the male and female work together very efficiently. Both parents also protect the eggs, which are incubated for 22-23 days. When the goslings hatch, both parents feed and teach them, so the gosling grow very fast and are ready to join the rest of the flock within a month of birth.
The snow goose in the wild, does not live very long , usually three to five years. In captivity they can live up to 20 years.
The snow goose is not an endangered species at this time. But with the expansion of humans into much more harsher environments, there is a chance of the snow goose’s habitat being violated.