Greater White-fronted Goose
Family: (Anatidae) Ducks, Geese, and Swans
Preferred Habitat: Fields and marshes.
Seasonal Occurrence: Very common in winter.
Notes: Greater White-fronted Geese are often called "Specklebellies" because of their splotchy underparts. "White-fronted" refers to the white band at the base of the bill. Although Greater White-fronted Geese can be abundant, they are not usually as common as Snow Geese. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology reports that numbers of this species are increasing. It also states that pair bonds last longer than with most other geese. Sometimes parent and sibling relationships continue throughout their lives.
- Susan Billetdeaux