[ edit] Identification
Head mostly white (or creamy-white), with black crown, lores, neck and breast.
Upperparts are grey, barred black and white.
Tail is white, fringed with black.
Underparts white, with light barring on flanks.
Very short black bill and black legs.
Juvenile: Rather browner on the wings.
[ edit] Similar Species
Brent Goose lacks any white on the head and the larger Canada Goose, which has brown-grey upperparts and less white on the face - little more than a "chin-strap".
[ edit] Distribution
Breeds on Greenland, Svalbard, Novaya Zemlya, and islands in the Baltic sea.
Winters in Scotland (especially the Solway Firth and Islay), England, and Netherlands.
Rare vagrant to northeastern North America.
[ edit] Taxonomy
This is a monotypic species
[ edit] Habitat
Marsh, rivers, and estuaries.
Breeds on the rocky coasts of arctic islands.
[ edit] Behaviour
Very gregarious in the winter forming large flocks, often mixed with grey geese species.
Migrates October to early November and April to May.
[ edit] Flight
Rather a U-shaped formation, closely packed but rather ragged. Strong flight. Wing beats a little slower than
Brent Goose, more the rhythm of Greater White-fronted Goose.
The diet includes leaves, stems, roots and seeds.
[ edit] Breeding
Breeds colonially. 4-5 eggs are laid and incubated by the female for 24-25 days; the young fledge 40-45 days later.
[ edit] Vocalisation
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[ edit] References
Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
Collins Pocket Guide to British Birds 1966
Collins Field Guide 5th Edition
Collins Bird Guide ISBN 0 00 219728 6
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