Swan goose in exhibit

Swan Goose

Scientific Name

Anser cygnoides






Southeastern Russia, Mongolia, China, North Korea, and South Korea


Steppe wetlands, lakes, and fast-flowing rivers

Estimated Wild Population

More than 90,000
Swan goose in exhibit
IUCN Conservation Status: VULNERABLE IUCN Conservation Status: VULNERABLE

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Physical Description

Swan geese have a black bill and a chestnut-colored chest. They feed primarily on plants, grazing on dry land for grasses and sedges.

Interesting Fact 1

The swan goose is the largest goose species, reaching up to three feet in length.

Interesting Fact 2

They were named after their long, swan-like neck.

Interesting Fact 3

Their population decline is likely due to hunting and habitat loss.

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