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The handsome, stocky Emperor Goose is a resident of Alaska and north-eastern Siberia. It’s a maritime species, breeding on coastal tundra and migrating a relatively short distance, to winter principally in the Aleutian Islands and the Gulf of Alaska. With its white head and neck and barred blue-grey body, there’s no other goose it can be confused with. In the spring, the head and neck of wild birds often show rusty staining from foraging in peaty and iron-rich habitats
Juvenile pair: $600




Physical DescriptionAdult emperor geese are small waterfowl averaging less than 3 kg and around 69 cm in length. They are sexually monomorphic with males averaging only slightly heavier than females.Emperor geese exhibit an entirely white head and nape of neck that often becomes stained a rust color by iron oxide present in a number of tidal ponds.Chin and throat are black with the rest of the body covered in gray plumage barred with black and white. Their beaks are short and light pink while their webbed feet are a bright orange. Tail feathers are white with black undertail coverts. Anser canagicus goslings are covered in downy gray feathers and usually have a black beak. 
Anser canagicus is most commonly found along the Bering Sea. Main breeding populations are found in Arctic and subarctic Alaska, parts of Canada, as well as northeast Russia. They breed mainly around the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta in Alaska. Most populations of emperor geese migrate to the Aleutian Islands during the winter.  Upon arriving at the nesting grounds, females begin building nests. Eggs are normally laid within the first 10 days after arrival. Clutch size ranges from 3 to 8 eggs with an average of 5. Females incubate the eggs for 24 or 25 days, after which the goslings hatch over a 10 day period. Goslings hatched earlier in the breeding season have a much higher likelihood of surviving the following winter. Most goslings are fully feathered 30 to 47 days after hatching and are able to fly at 50 to 60 days old.Goslings remain close to their parents through the first winter and have even been noted to return to breeding ground with parents the following spring. Though young geese may return to breeding grounds early in life, most females do not lay eggs of their own until 3 to 4 years of age.