Pink-footed Goose

(Anser Brachyrhyncus)

Appearance: - The Pink-footed Goose has a grey-brown body, darker brown head and neck, short bright pink beak with a black tip and base, white rump and vent, grey tail with white tip, and pink legs and feet. Both sexes are alike. This goose has been considered to be a sub-species of the Bean Goose and looks similar but the Pink-footed Goose can be recognised by its stubby pink beak, pink legs, short neck, and small rounded head.

Size: - Typical Adult is 60-75cm (23-29in).

Food: - Aquatic plants, roots, leaves, tubers, sedges, grazing in fields on grasses, grain, potatoes, and shoots.

Habitat/Range: - Tundra lakes, riverbanks, cliffs, saltmarshes, wet meadows, and agricultural land. Breeds in the east coast of Greenland, Iceland, and Svalbard. The Greenland and Iceland geese winter in the UK while the Svalbard geese winter in the Netherlands and Denmark, with small numbers also in Norway (where it is common on migration), northern Germany, and Belgium.

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Breeding Habitat/Resident,    Migration or Winter Area.

Breeding Season: - Early to mid-May in Iceland, later in Greenland.

Eggs: - 3 to 6 (smooth dull-white colour).

Notes: - The Pink-footed Goose is a medium-sized goose of the Anser genus (Grey Goose). Very large wintering flocks can be seen grazing on farmland and large skeins of these geese make a deafening high-pitched honking call. The population is large and has risen over the last 50 years due to protection from hunting.

Conservation status (IUCN 3.1):
  Least Concern.  

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

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Pink-footed Goose (Anser Brachyrhyncus) - Image: Wikimedia Commons