Ross’s Goose

The Ross’s Goose looks very similar to a snow goose but in miniature form. They have a white body, dark primary feathers, a short neck, and a rather stumpy bill. They frequently flock in large numbers with Snow geese.
SCIENTIFIC NAME
Anser rossii
CLASSIFICATION
Bird
LIFE SPAN
10-25 Years
SIZE
22-25 ” | 2-3.5 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
  • Lakes and reservoirs
  • Marsh

Natural History

The Ross’s Goose breeds in the arctic tundra regions of Canada and migrates to lower parts of North America in the winter. Adults form monogamous pairs, and females incubate the eggs while the male guards the nest. They eat a variety of plant matter that varies seasonally, but their diet consists mainly of green grasses and sedges.