Ross's goose Chen rossii

Identification Tips:

White phase-adult

White phase-immature

Blue phase-adult

Similar species:

White phase Ross' Goose is extemely similar to the white phase Snow Goose. The Ross' Goose is smaller with a stubbier bill without the black patch on the mandibles. It also appears rounder-headed with a shorter neck. Immature white phase Snow Goose is darker-backed than the immature white phase Ross' Goose. The rare blue phase of the Ross' Goose can be separated from the similar blue phase of the Snow Goose by the same structural characteristics already mentioned. Hybrids between Ross' and Snow Geese have intermediate characteristics.