Jump to content
Whatbird Community
Sign in to follow this  
AlexHenry

Cackling Goose Subspecies

Recommended Posts

Hey there - some Cackling Goose subspecies shots here.

1. "Aleutian" Cackling Goose (leucopareia) - picture of a classic one with broad white collar, small white cheek patch with black chin, squarish head. The breast here is paler than average for this subspecies.

DSCN1475.thumb.JPG.64761e40c2efbc1d530e2af232cf6ed0.JPG

2. "Ridgways" or "Cackling" Cackling Goose (minima) - with Aleutians for comparison, and alone. Smaller, rounder head, no white collar, dark breast.

DSCN1449.thumb.JPG.e25f95decc0dfad92600f47a5b7d72c8.JPG

DSCN1487.thumb.JPG.9984141a57041d43a3638bc4b8bcf44f.JPG

3. Here's the mystery bird. I have been thinking it is possibly "Taverner's" Cackling Goose, but I'm looking for confirmation. It has a pale breast (paler than most, but not all, Aleutians); size similar, perhaps larger than the average Aleutian; neck seems a little longer and thinner, especially in flight; white cheek patch slight larger; bill shape is fairly large and triangular for a Cackler, seems larger and deeper than Aleuts. Here are pictures (first alone, then with Aleutians for comparison; front bird in all pictures with Aleutians).

DSCN1441.thumb.JPG.7651afd8815a865c9254851c068bb0b7.JPGDSCN1428.thumb.JPG.9e40ce6752cc89fc4b8e3e2c63d95c9a.JPGDSCN1416.thumb.JPG.f081c4778e1392cc3e903b404c7db476.JPG

DSCN1415.JPG

DSCN1440.JPG

DSCN1454.JPG

DSCN1459.JPG

DSCN1469.JPG

DSCN1486.JPG

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Sign in to follow this  

×
×
  • Create New...