Wild Guide: Ross's Goose

By MDC | January 1, 2024
From Missouri Conservationist: January 2024

Ross’s geese look a lot like snow geese and are often found near their look-alike waterfowl. The key to telling the two species apart is body size and bill shape and color. Ross’s geese are the size of mallards and have short necks and rounded heads. Their pink bill is stubby and lacks a black patch. Their voice is a high-pitched honking sound, similar to the snow geese’s but higher and not as shrill.

Photo of a Ross's goose walking on grass.

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