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Emperor Goose Identification

Emperor Goose

Emperor Goose  – Length 26 inches

The Emperor Goose is a stocky goose with a short neck.  Dark body has a scaley appearance.  Back of head and neck is white, often marked a rusty color.

U.S. range primarily limited to the Aluetian Islands, some moving to parts of the Alaska coast in the summer.  Rarely reported south of Alaska.

All photographs by Donna Dewhurst of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Emperor Goose

A family of Emperor Geese.  Smallish pink bill with a dark tip, black neck.  Young have a black bill and grayish body.

Emperor Goose

Adults showing the white head, black throat and the white tail.

Emperor Goose

Rusty wash on the head.

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Sam Crowe

Sam is the founder of He has been birding for over 30 years and has a world list of over 2000 species. He has served as treasurer of the Texas Ornithological Society, Sanctuary Chair of Dallas Audubon, Editor of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's "All About Birds" web site and as a contributing editor for Birding Business magazine. Many of his photographs and videos can be found on the site.

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