Brent Goose or Brant Goose

(Branta Bernicla)

Appearance: - The small Brent Goose has a black head, neck and upper-breast, with white markings or collar around the neck, short black beak, upperparts are greyish-brown, tail-coverts and sides of rump are white, underparts are pale brownish-grey or whitish, flight feathers and short tail are black, and the legs and feet are black. Both sexes are alike with the female being smaller.

Size: - Typical Adult is about 60cm (23in).

Food: - Eelgrass, seaweed, sea lettuce, also grazes on grasses, and cereals.

Habitat/Range: - Low-lying wet coastal tundra, estuaries, and agricultural land in north greenland, arctic Russia and Siberia, and arctic Canada. Wintering in coastal USA, Mexico, UK, Europe, Japan, South Korea, and China.

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Breeding Habitat/Resident,    Migration or Winter Area.

Breeding Season: - June.

Eggs: - 3 to 5 (creamy-white colour).

Notes: - The Brent Goose or Brant Goose belongs to the Branta genus and has three sub-species: Dark-bellied Brent, Light-bellied (Atlantic) Brent, and the Black Brent (Pacific). Dark-bellied Brents breed in arctic Russia, Light-bellied Brents in Greenland, and Black Brent in Arctic Canada. These birds breed further north than any other goose.

Conservation status (IUCN 3.1):
  Least Concern.  

Classification: - Family: Anatidae,
Subfamily: Anserinae, Genus: Branta.

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