Pink-footed Goose

Anser brachyrhynchus

Order

ANSERIFORMES

Family

Ducks, Geese and Swans (Anatidae)

Code 4

PFGO

Code 6

ANSBRA

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Pink-footed Goose has an enormous range estimated at 100,000 to 1,000,000 square kilometers. This bird can be found in the UK, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greenland, Iceland, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Svalbard and Sweden. It prefers a grassland, pastureland and marine locations, including tide pools and rocky shoreline. The global population of this bird is estimated to be around 280,000 individual birds. It is not believed that the population trends for this species will soon approach the minimum levels that could suggest a potential decline in population. Due to this, population trends for the Pink-footed Goose have a present evaluation level of Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Pink-footed Goose: Short-necked goose with blue gray mantle and wing coverts, white belly, dark brown head, neck. Pale feather tips produce barring on flanks and upperparts. Pink legs and feet. Bill is pink with a brown tip and base. Swift direct flight with strong wing beats. Flies in V formation.

 

Range and Habitat

Pink-footed Goose: Breeds in eastern Greenland, Iceland and Svalbard. It is migratory, wintering in northwest Europe, especially Great Britain, the Netherlands, and western Denmark. Rare accidental to Newfoundland and northern Atlantic Coast. Found in open tundra and rocky country, outcrops and crags.

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Pink-footed Goose SONGS AND CALLS

Pink-footed Goose G1

Calls given in flight from a pair.

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Voice Text

"ung, ung", "wink, wink"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • In 1951, Sir Peter Scott and his team made an expedition to Iceland to seek the breeding grounds of the Pink-footed Goose, which they were successful in discovering.
  • The main threat to Pink-footed Geese is the destruction of breeding habitat, particularly proposed hydroelectric schemes in Iceland which may flood large areas used for breeding, feeding and molting.
  • They are more susceptible to disturbance than Greylag Geese and it is interesting that populations in these areas declined during the first half of the 20th century due to increased disturbance and wildfowling but increased significantly when the areas in question became nature reserves.
  • A group of geese has many collective nouns, including a "blizzard", "chevron", "knot", "plump", and "string" of geese.

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RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

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This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Jane Wright

Artist

Yury Lisyak

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UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
BellyX
The ventral part of the bird, or the area between the flanks on each side and the crissum and breast. Flight muscles are located between the belly and the breast.
MantleX
The upper surface of the back and wings covered with shorter feathers.
Wing covertsX
The feathers that cover and protect the flight feathers.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X