Geese & Swans of Kansas

Geese & Swans of Kansas

Geese & Swans of KansasEight species of geese and swans have been seen in Kansas, both regular winter residents and rare visitors from the coasts.

In this guide, you can find out more about the appearance, best field marks, voice, distribution and occurrence, and behavior each of these eight goose and swan species. You will also learn how to attract them for viewing or hunting purposes (when applicable) and how to distinguish them from confusingly similar species.

Along the way, you may come across terms that are unfamiliar to you. You can look them up in our birdwatching glossary.

The birds are organized by taxonomical order. The sequence and scientific names used can be found in the “Kansas Ornithological Society Checklist of Kansas Birds.”

Are you ready to check eight more birds off of your life list? Follow the links below to get started.

 

Subfamily Anserinae

Greater White-Fronted Goose (Anser albifrons)Greater White-Fronted Goose

 

Snow Goose (Chen caerulescens)Snow Goose

 

Ross’s Goose (Chen rossii)Ross's Goose

 

Brant (Branta bernicla)Brant

 

Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii)Cackling Goose

 

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)Canada Goose

 

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator)Trumpeter Swan

 

Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus)Tundra Swan