Emperor Goose, Anser canagica


Short description of Anser canagica, Emperor Goose

This is a medium-sized, thickset goose with orange legs and a small pink and black bill.  The head face and hindneck are white, contrasting with a blackish chin, throat and foreneck.  The body is mainly grey-brown, with a finely barred pattern. It is the only goose with a wholly white tail.

Description of Anser canagica, Emperor Goose status in GB

One site in northern England holds a group of emperor geese that breed in most years and have been increasing. Elsewhere, there are scattered records of this non-native goose in GB and occasional records of nesting.

Habitat summary: Anser canagica, Emperor Goose

The emperor goose breeds on coastal Arctic tundra. In winter it feeds in the intertidal zone or grazes near rocky coastlines.

Overview table

Environment: Terrestrial and Freshwater
Species status: Non-Native
Native range: Northern America, Siberia, Russian Far East, Subarctic America, Russia Central, Russia East, Russia North, Russia Northwest, Russia South
Functional type: Herbivore
Status in England: Non-Native
Status in Scotland: Non-Native
Status in Wales: Non-Native
Location of first record: Hornsea Mere
Date of first record: 1982

Distribution map

GB Distribution from NBN Atlas

Author's name:

John Marchant

Last updated:

September 26th 2016

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