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Greater White-fronted Goose

Anser albifrons


The Greater White-fronted Goose is mottled brownish-gray overall with a black tail, white rump, white band at the tip of the tail, and bright orange legs. The belly has a varied pattern of large black splotches. Its name is derived from the white facial feathers around the base of the pinkish-yellow bill. There was about 20 geese in this flock.


Spotted in a grassy area at the Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge.


In the winter, seeds and waste grain are the staple of the diet. Stems and roots become more important sources of food during the breeding season. These geese also eat some invertebrates.

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Hoquiam, Washington, USA

Lat: 46.97, Long: -123.93

Spotted on Dec 24, 2018
Submitted on Jan 3, 2019

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