Greater White-fronted Goose

photo by Phil Swanson

Anser albifrons
L 28″ (71 cm).

Song or calls:
Very high-pitched bark: “kla-ha-ha or kla-ha.” 

Description: Sexes similar. Adult mainly grayish-brown, with large white patch on face and pinkish or orange bill; legs and feet orange; belly variably barred with black; undertail coverts white. Immature similar but lack white face and black bars on belly.

Bird Map
Habitat: Large marshes, shallow lakes, wide rivers with bars and islands, and adjacent grain fields.

Where in Nebraska: Rare regular summer and winter visitor in central and western Nebraska. An abundant regular spring and fall migrant in the central portion of Nebraska, a common migrant east. Migrating flocks, numbering up to 1 million birds, travel through the central part of Nebraska in spring, generally in the Rainwater Basin and along the central Platte River.

Fun Facts: Greater White-fronted Geese form bonds with parents, offspring, and siblings that last longer than most goose species. Parent and sibling bonds may last their entire lives.

Greater White-fronted Goose - NEBRASKAland Magazine/Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
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