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Snow Goose
Chen caerulescens

Geese and Swans
Waterfowl Family (Anatidae)

Size: Length: 70-85 cm Wingspan: 150 cm

Description: This occasional migrant passes through the eastern slopes twice a year during its migrations to and from its northerly nesting grounds. Large flocks sometimes alight on Lac Des Arcs on their way through. It is easily identified as our only white goose. The orange beak has a dark patch along the side, almost adding a permanent 'smirk'. The legs are orange, and a small patch of black feathers is visible near the tail. In flight, its wing-tips are black, contrasting with the white of the remainder of the bird. The call is a high pitched 'kwaak', and they generally don't form the perfect v-shaped flocks of the more common Canada goose.

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