Ross's Goose Life History


Habitat Lakes and PondsBreeds on low arctic tundra, on islands in shallow lakes. Winters in agricultural fields and shallow wetlands.Back to top


Food PlantsEntirely vegetarian; grasses, sedges, legumes, and domestic grains.Back to top


Nest Placement

Nest Ground

Nest Description

Nest a scrape in the ground lined with plant material and down feathers.

Nesting Facts
Clutch Size:2-6 eggs
Egg Description:White, usually stained during incubation.
Condition at Hatching:Covered with down and eyes open. Leaves nest within 24 hours of hatching and has the ability to swim and feed.
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Behavior Ground ForagerGrazes on grass.Back to top


Conservation Low ConcernRoss's Goose populations are relatively small, but appear to have increased since the 1990s. The species is not on the 2014 State of the Birds Watch List.Back to top


Jónsson, Jón E., John P. Ryder and Ray T. Alisauskas. 2013. Ross's Goose (Anser rossii), version 2.0. In The Birds of North America (P. G. Rodewald, editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, USA.

Lutmerding, J. A. and A. S. Love. Longevity records of North American birds. Version 2015.2. Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Bird Banding Laboratory 2015.

North American Bird Conservation Initiative. 2014. The State of the Birds 2014 Report. US Department of Interior, Washington, DC, USA.

Sibley, D. A. (2014). The Sibley guide to birds, second edition. Alfred A. Knopf, New York, USA.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 2015. Waterfowl population status, 2015. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior.

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