The Emperor Goose

Audubon Wildlife Report
Edited by: Roger L. Di Silvestro


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Many ornithologists believe the emperor goose (Chen canagicus) is the most beautiful goose in North America. Detailed descriptions of its plumage can be found in Palmer1 and a general description in Bellrose.2 Emperor geese are rather short and squatty, with yellow-orange feet and pink bills. Their bluish-gray body feathers are banded in black and fringed on the outside edge with white. The beads and necks of adult emperors are white except for a wide, dark-gray band that begins at the throat and extends down the neck to the breast. The plumage of immatures more than four months old is similar to that of adults. Before four months their heads are gray.

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype Organization Series
Title The Emperor Goose
Series title Audubon Wildlife Report
ISBN 0930698215
Year Published 1985
Language English
Publisher National Audubon Society
Publisher location New York, NY
Contributing office(s) Alaska Science Center
Description 4 p.
Larger Work Type Report
Larger Work Subtype Organization Series
Larger Work Title Audubon wildlife report 1985
First page 453
Last page 457
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