Swan goose in exhibit
Scientific Name
Anser cygnoides
Class
Aves
Order
Anseriformes
Range
Southeastern Russia, Mongolia, China, North Korea, and South Korea
Habitat
Steppe wetlands, lakes, and fast-flowing rivers
Estimated Wild Population
More than 90,000
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Swan geese have a black bill and a chestnut-colored chest. They feed primarily on plants, grazing on dry land for grasses and sedges.

Did You Know?

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

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

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

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