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