(Anser or Chen Caerulescens)
Smew                South African Shelduck

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The Snow Goose can be found at Geese of the World, SlimbridgeMap (Slimbridge)
Breeding Habitat
Alaska, Canada, Greenland and N.E. tip of Siberia.
Winter Habitat or Migration Area
Winters in South USA and Mexico.

Conservation Status

630mm to 790mm (25" to 31")

Appearance - Drake
The male has White plumage with Black wing tips. The bill is Pink and the legs and feet are Red/Pink.

The male Blue morph has Blue/Grey plumage with Black wing tips. The bill is Pink and the legs and feet are Red/Pink.

Appearance - Duck
The female is similar to the male.

Wetlands, Marshes and Lakes.

Aquatic Plants, Roots, Stems, Grasses, Grain and Rice.

Breeding Time
Late May to Mid August.

The nest is built from vegetation on a round mound.

Quantity: 6 to 7.
Average Size: 82mm x 55mm.
Colour: Creamy White.

Slimbridge Wildfowl S - Z
Shelduck (Tadorna Tadorna)
Smew (Mergellus Albellus)
Snow Goose (Anser or Chen Caerulescens)
South African Shelduck (Tadorna Cana)
Southern Pochard (Netta Erythrophthalma)
Southern Screamer (Chauna Torquata)
Spur-winged Goose (Plectropterus Gambensis)
Swan Goose (Anser Cygnoides)
Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus Buccinator)
Tufted Duck (Aythya Fuligula)
Wandering Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna Arcuata)
West Indian Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna Arborea)
White-Cheeked Pintail (Anas Bahamensis)
White-faced Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna Viduata)
White-fronted Goose (Anser Albifrons)
White-headed Duck (Oxyura Leucocephala)
Whooper Swan (Cygnus Cygnus)
Yellow-Billed Duck (Anas Undulata)
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Smew                South African Shelduck
Snow Goose
©Nigel Key Snow Goose (Slimbridge May 2012)

The Snow Goose, also known as the Blue Goose, is native to North America.

The Snow Goose is a member of the Chen genus and has two sub-species, namely the Greater Snow Goose and the Lesser Snow Goose.

Snow Geese are visitors to the British Isles and are regularily seen amongst Barnacle Geese, Brent Geese and White Fronted Geese.
   Hear the Snow Goose's Call:-

Photographs ©Nigel Key, Click thumbnail to enlarge.
Blue-morph Snow Goose (Slimbridge August 2010) Blue-morph Snow Goose (Slimbridge May 2010) Snow Goose (Slimbridge May 2012)
Blue-morph 22/08/10
Blue-morph 22/08/10

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W.W.T. Official Website -
Barnacle Goose -
Brent Goose -
White Fronted Goose -