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Swan Goose

Anser cygnoides

Did you know?

  • The neck is strikingly colored’ the back side is dark brown and the front is a pale cream color.
  • The bird’s bill is also distinctive: it’s all black but a bright white band separates it from the head.
  • Farmers sometimes use the domesticated form of this goose for weeding their crops.
  • These birds have been raised for their eggs.

Swan or Goose?

Its name might be confusing, but this large goose is named for its long, swan-like neck.

Vegetarian Goose

The swan goose often grazes on land, feeding exclusively on plants.

Threat Level

  • Unknown
  • Common
  • Near Threatened
  • Threatened
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild


The Swan Goose faces a high risk of extinction in the wild.


North central Asia, including Siberia and northern China


Near water in floodplains, marshy meadows, riverbeds, steppes, even mountainour areas

We care about swan geese

The Saint Louis Zoo supports swan geese at the North Lake in The Wild.

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The Wild

You’ll find penguins, puffins, grizzly bears, gorillas, chimpanzees, to name a few. And while visiting, you can take a ride on the Conservation Carousel or hop aboard and ride the Zooline Railroad. There are also gift shops and eateries you can enjoy.

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