Greater White-Fronted Goose

Anser albifrons

With one of the largest ranges worldwide, the Greater White-Fronted Goose lives throughout the Northern Hemisphere. Science recognised five subspecies of this bird. A. a. gambeli (an Interior form that breeds in the northern Alaska and Canada, and winters on the Gulf of Mexico), A. a. frontalis (a Pacific form that breeds in Bristol Bay and western Alaska and winters in California and northwestern Mexico) and A. a. elgasi (breeds in southwest Alaska and winters in California) live in the New World, but two more subspecies share the European and Asian continents. The Greenland race (A. a. flavirostris) winters in Scotland and British Isles, while the European or Russian race (A. a. albifrons) breed to the northern limits of Eurasia and winter in southern Europe, the Tigris-Euphrates valley, and in southern China.

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