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Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons)

White-fronted goose


  • Body length ranges from 69 to 84 centimetres (two to three feet).
  • Wingspan can range from 133 to 155 centimetres (four to five feet).


  • These geese are grayish brown birds with black and white blotches on breast and abdomen.
  • A white band around the face at the base of the beak indicates how the name was derived.
  • The beak is pink with yellow edges, and yellow-orange legs are a good identification mark.


  • Voice is high pitched and sounds like a laugh.
  • White-fronted geese are most commonly seen in relatively small flocks, which often associate loosely with other species of geese as they migrate through Alberta.
Natural History


  • Can be found in croplands, fields, open areas and shallow marshes as it migrates through the province.


  • Food consists of marsh grass, waste grain, plants of marshy areas and aquatic plants.
Reproduction and Growth

Breeding Behaviour

  • White-fronted geese breed in the Arctic and usually lay four to seven creamy-white eggs.
Conservation and Management


The greater white-fronted goose is classified as Secure in the current General Status of Alberta Wild Species report. See:

Current management


Hunting season information for this species is provided in the current Alberta Guide to Hunting Regulations. To view the guide online or to order a printed copy, visit the My Wild Alberta website at:


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Updated: Jan 8, 2014