Anser rossii x Branta canadensis
Status: Rare casual winter visitor west.
Records: There are two records.
14 Dec 2021 Scottsbluff WTP, Scotts Bluff Co (Mlodinow, Bushong; eBird.org)
7 Mar 2022 Scottsbluff, Scotts Bluff Co (Mlodinow, eBird.org)
Regarding the 2021 record, the observer noted: “Very peculiar looking hybrid. Photos. Color scheme typical of white x white-cheeked goose. Body size larger than CACG, and somewhat similar to SNOG x CACG. However, neck proportionately longer and looped like CANG when reaching down to feed (not easily appreciated in photo). Bill proportionately smaller, and entirely lacking black along cutting edges where grin patch might be. Grayer basally as in ROGO. This combination of somewhat hefty body and long neck with Ross’s like head and bill fits what is generally considered a CANG x ROGO”.
Discussion and photographs of this hybrid can be found at Bird Hybrids: Ross’s Goose x Canada Goose.
Silcock, W.R., and J.G. Jorgensen. 2022. Ross’s x Canada Goose (hybrid) (Anser rossi x Branta canadensis). In Birds of Nebraska — Online. www.BirdsofNebraska.org
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last updated 2 Jul 2022