Greater White-fronted Goose

Greater White-fronted Geese have brown heads and white faces giving them their name. They have dark bodies with black barring along their bellies. During flight, white feathers on their under tails create a distinct 'U' shape when viewed from below. They have orange legs and pinkish-orange bills. They are social, but territorial during the breeding season.
SCIENTIFIC NAME
Anser albifrons
CLASSIFICATION
Bird
LIFE SPAN
15-20 Years
SIZE
25-39 ” | 4-7 lbs
STATE CONSERVATION STATUS
  • State Protected
FEDERAL CONSERVATION STATUS
Least Concern
GAME STATUS
Game
GAME TYPE
Waterfowl
  1. Washoe
  2. Humboldt
  3. Pershing
  4. Churchill
  5. Mineral
  6. Lyon
  7. Douglas
  8. Carson City
  9. Storey
  1. Elko
  2. Lander
  3. Eureka
  4. White Pine
  1. Esmeralda
  2. Nye
  3. Lincoln
  4. Clark
  • Developed Landscapes
  • Lakes and reservoirs

Natural History

Greater White-fronted Geese primarily eat plant matter such as seeds, grains, grasses, and berries, but also consume aquatic insects and mollusks. Before migration, female Greater White-fronted Geese will gain 30 percent more body weight in preparation for the journey and egg production. They will lay four to seven eggs, which hatch after 26-28 days. Greater White-fronted Geese form pair bonds and the young maintain association with their parents for years.

Fun Facts

The dark splotches along their chest give Greater White-fronted Geese the nickname "specklebelly."