Emperor goose has two scientific names. One is Chen Canagica and a second scientific name for the emperor goose is "Anser Canagicus". The emperor goose kingdom is animalia, phylum is chordata, class is aves, order is anseriformes, family is anatidae, genus is chen, and species is canagica. The width of the emperor goose is 43 inches when the wings are spread out. The body is gray with a black and white feather edging. Its tail and head is white and its legs and feet are orange. You can identify them by their round body and white head. The emperor goose has a very stubborn attitude. They cannot be hurried and if you tried to record their actions you would have to be very patient.
They breed in Western Alaska, and parts of Russia. During the winter the emperor geese migrate to the Aleutian Islands, where they seek out ice-free beaches. There is an estimated amount of 42,000 emperor geese still left in the world. The population started shrinking in Alaska from 139,00 to 42,000 during the 1900's.The main reason they are shrinking is because there have been oil spills in the water and the geese have been exposed to it. The thing that stood out when I was researching was the fact that they can't be hurried. So if you are a person that doesn't like wasting time then this isn't a bird you would want to research. I learned that the emperor goose eats shoreline grasses and other coastal plants. But that' s not the only thing I learned. I also learned that they lay 3-7 eggs in a ground nest.
Author: Danielle P
Published: 02 /2007
Bibliography "Emperor Goose" Wikipedia. 2/6/2007 http://en.Wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Goose "Emperor Goose's Population." Audubon 2/6/20007 "Emperor Goose's Taxonomy" Zipcode Zoo 1/28/2007 http://zipcodezoo.co/Animals/C/Chen_canagica.asp
Photo Credit: Emperor Goose at Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands Centre, Gloucestershire, England. Taken by Adrian Pingstone in March 2004 and released to the public domain.