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Lesser White-fronted Goose

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Photo © by Peter de Haas Junam Korea
Photo © by Peter de Haas
Junam Korea
Anser erythropus


[edit] Identification

Photo © by Kudryavtsev Yamal, Siberia, July 2007
Photo © by Kudryavtsev
Yamal, Siberia, July 2007

56–66 cm (22-26 in) length and with a 116–135 cm wingspan

  • Bright orange legs
  • Greyish-brown upper wing-coverts
  • Yellow eye-ring
  • White facial blaze goes up to the fore-crown
  • Small pink triangular bill
  • Black markings on belly
  • Wing tips extend beyond tail
  • In flight, tail shows narrow black and broad white band
  • In flight, wings show a paler area in the hand that may flash silvery if the light is right

[edit] Similar Species

Generally smaller than the Greater White-fronted Goose, though there can be some overlap. Belly markings are more obvious on Greater. Distribution of black and white in the tail might be reversed on Greater.

[edit] Distribution

Breeds in arctic Eurasia; winters to southern Europe, India and China
Accidental on Attu Island, Alaska (1 record).

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

[edit] Habitat

Breeds in low-arctic open tundra or forest-tundra around mountain lakes.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

They are apparently mainly vegetarian, eating grass and other plants, but there is little confirmed data available.

[edit] Vocalisation

Call is more high-pitched than Greater

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[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from
  2. Collins Pocket Guide to British Birds 1966
  3. Collins Field Guide 5th Edition
  4. Collins Bird Guide ISBN 0 00 219728 6
  5. Birdforum thread discussing atypical Greater White-fronted Goose with features suggesting Lesser
  6. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved December 2016)

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