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Anser albifrons (Greater White-fronted Goose)

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Wikipedia Abstract

The greater white-fronted goose (Anser albifrons) is a species of goose. The greater white-fronted goose is closely related to the smaller lesser white-fronted goose (A. erythropus). In Europe it has been known as simply "white-fronted goose"; in North America it is known as the greater white-fronted goose (or "greater whitefront"), and this name is also increasingly adopted internationally. It is named for the patch of white feathers bordering the base of its bill. But even more distinctive are the salt-and-pepper markings on the breast of adult birds, which is why the goose is colloquially called the "specklebelly" in North America. Anser is the Latin for "goose", and albifrons comes from the Latin albus "white " and frons " forehead ".
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Anser albifrons albifrons (White-fronted goose)
Anser albifrons elgasi
Anser albifrons flavirostris (Greenland white-fronted goose)
Anser albifrons frontalis (Pacific white-fronted goose) (Attributes)
Anser albifrons gambeli (Greater White-fronted Goose) (Attributes)

EDGE Analysis

Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 2.88354
EDGE Score: 1.35675


Adult Weight [1]  5.141 lbs (2.332 kg)
Birth Weight [3]  90 grams
Breeding Habitat [2]  Arctic tundra
Wintering Geography [2]  Widespread U.S./Mexico
Wintering Habitat [2]  Wetlands, Agricultural
Diet [4]  Frugivore, Herbivore
Diet - Fruit [4]  10 %
Diet - Plants [4]  90 %
Forages - Ground [4]  80 %
Forages - Water Surface [4]  20 %
Clutch Size [5]  6
Clutches / Year [3]  1
Fledging [1]  42 days
Global Population (2017 est.) [2]  2,100,000
Incubation [3]  27 days
Mating System [7]  Monogamy
Maximum Longevity [3]  47 years
Migration [6]  Intercontinental
Snout to Vent Length [1]  30 inches (76 cm)
Speed [8]  36.015 MPH (16.1 m/s)
Wing Span [8]  4.625 feet (1.41 m)
Female Maturity [3]  3 years
Male Maturity [3]  3 years


Protected Areas

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Important Bird Areas

Biodiversity Hotspots

Prey / Diet


Ursus maritimus (Polar Bear)[9]


Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Range Map


Europe & Northern Asia (excluding China); Middle America; North America; Oceania; Southern Asia;

External References



Attributes / relations provided by
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2Partners in Flight Avian Conservation Assessment Database, version 2017. Accessed on January 2018.
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4Hamish Wilman, Jonathan Belmaker, Jennifer Simpson, Carolina de la Rosa, Marcelo M. Rivadeneira, and Walter Jetz. 2014. EltonTraits 1.0: Species-level foraging attributes of the world's birds and mammals. Ecology 95:2027
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7Terje Lislevand, Jordi Figuerola, and Tamás Székely. 2007. Avian body sizes in relation to fecundity, mating system, display behavior, and resource sharing. Ecology 88:1605
8Alerstam T, Rosén M, Bäckman J, Ericson PGP, Hellgren O (2007) Flight Speeds among Bird Species: Allometric and Phylogenetic Effects. PLoS Biol 5(8): e197. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0050197
9Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
10Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
Protected Areas provided by Biological Inventories of the World's Protected Areas in cooperation between the Information Center for the Environment at the University of California, Davis and numerous collaborators.
Natura 2000, UK data: © Crown copyright and database right [2010] All rights reserved. Ordnance Survey Licence number 100017955
GBIF Global Biodiversity Information Facility
Biodiversity Hotspots provided by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
Abstract provided by DBpedia licensed under a Creative Commons License