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First fossil lungs found in dinosaur-era bird
Preserved for 120 million years, the organs offer fresh perspective on the origins of avian flight.
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Despite Thousands in Captivity, This Rare Songbird Is Going Extinct
Long coveted for songbird competitions in Indonesia, black-winged mynahs have almost disappeared from the wild.
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This Famous Dinosaur Could Fly, But Unlike Anything Alive Today
The animal's wings resemble those of pheasants, but it couldn't flap quite like today's birds.
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Rare Baby Bird Fossil Found In Dino Era Rock
The 127-million-year-old hatchling could provide insight into avian evolution.
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Oil And Gas Drilling Is Causing Birds To Have Fewer Chicks
A new study is the first in any animal to link noise pollution to stress and show that this connection can disrupt reproduction.
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Why These Birds Carry Flames In Their Beaks
Australia's indigenous peoples have long observed "firehawks" spreading wildfires throughout the country's tropical landscapes.
About Snow Goose

Snow geese are known for their white plumage, but many of them are actually darker, grey-brown birds known as blue geese. These birds were once thought to be two separate species, but they have recently been found to be merely two different colour morphs of the same bird. A single gene controls the colour difference.

Snow geese are harbingers of the changing seasons. They fly south for the winter in huge, honking flocks that may appear as a "U" formation or simply as a large "snowstorm" of white birds. They spend the colder seasons in southern coastal marshes, bays, wet grasslands, and fields. Their diet is entirely vegetarian, consisting of grasses and grains, grazed from damp soils or even shallow water.

Fast Facts

Type: Bird

Diet: Herbivore

Size: 27 to 33 in (69 to 83 cm); wingspan, 4.5 ft (1.4 m)

Weight: 3.5 to 7.3 lbs (1.6 to 3.3 kg)

Group name: Flock

Did you know? Snow geese fly in V-formation to reduce wind drag and risk of collision.

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