This dark goose is an inhabitant of the frigid far north.


Emperor Geese are small and stocky geese with a short pink bill, orange legs, and clean white head. Their throat is black and their body is all dark except for white tail feathers. Sometimes adults have orange stained heads and necks during breeding season. Juveniles have a dark bill and gray neck. Immatures on their first winter look like adults but with dark speckling on the head.

Emperor Geese are slightly smaller than the Greater White-fronted Goose . Adults are 26.0-27.9 inches (66-71 centimeters) in length and weigh 99.2 ounces (2,813 grams).


Emperor Geese inhabit marshes along the coasts of the far north.

Life History


Emperor Geese feed on plants.


Emperor Geese nest on the ground.


These geese are ground foragers.


They give a high-pitched "kla-ha" or "kla-ha-ha."


Emperor Goose populations appear to be stable in North America , with a possible increase. This species is listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List as a moderately rapid decline is suspected to have occurred to the global population overall, with additional declines expected as a result of climate change.



  • The oldest recorded Emperor Goose was a female, at least 20 years and 3 months old when she was found in Alaska in 2013, the same state where she had been banded in 1994.
  • Emperor Geese are also called Ánsar Emperador (in Spanish) and Oie empereur (in French).
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