The Greater White-fronted Goose derives its name from the white band at the base of its bill. Other features include a pinkish or orange bill, orange legs and feet, brownish upperparts, and grayish underparts with black barring.
Seasonal change in appearanceNone.
JuvenileSimilar to adults but with less barring on underparts.
HabitatTundra, lakes, bays, prairies, and fields.
DietSeeds, grains, and fresh plant material.
BehaviorForages by walking, or by submerging its head while swimming.
Breeds at high arctic latitudes from Alaska to Greenland and winters in California, the south-central U.S., and Mexico.
Bent Life History
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Greater White-fronted Geese typically pair for life, and frequently return to the same breeding area in subsequent nesting seasons.
Young Greater White-fronted Geese often remain with their parents through their first winter, and occasionally through the following breeding season.
VocalizationsThe call sounds like high-pitched laughter.
The nest is a depression lined with plant materials.