Lesser White-fronted Goose
Appearance: - The Lesser White-fronted Goose has a dark brown head and neck, the front of the face around the beak is white, a grey-brown plumage with pale fringes on the feathers, darker brown on the back and lighter brownish-buff on the undersides which has broad black bars streaking across lower breast and belly, dull brown flanks, vent and upper tail are white, the beak is pink, and the legs and feet are bright orange. Both sexes are alike. This goose is very similar to the Greater White-fronted Goose but is much smaller, has a smaller beak, yellow eye-ring, and more white on the head above the beak.
Size: - Typical Adult is 53-66cm (21-26in).
Food: - Mainly grasses, shoots, sedges, cereals, grain, and wheat.
Habitat/Range: - Wetlands, wet grasslands, fields, lakes, and open tundra in northernmost Asia, and Europe. Winters further south in Europe, Asia Minor, eastern Mediterranean, Caspian Sea, China, South Korea, and Japan.
Breeding Season: - Begins late May to early June.
Eggs: - 4 to 5 (glossy creamy-white colour).
Notes: - The Lesser White-fronted Goose belongs to the Anser genus (Grey Geese) and is considered 'Vulnerable' as numbers are declining due to hunting, and habitat loss.
Conservation status (IUCN 3.1):
Classification: - Family: Anatidae,
Subfamily: Anserinae, Genus: Anser.
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