Barnacle Goose

Branta leucopsis

Order

ANSERIFORMES

Family

Ducks, Geese and Swans (Anatidae)

Code 4

BARG

Code 6

BRALEU

ITIS

Egg Color:

Gray white to yellow



Number of Eggs:

4 - 6



Incubation Days:

24 - 25



Egg Incubator:

Female



Nest Location:

On ground.



Nest Material:

Lined with feathers.



Migration:

Migratory



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General

Barnacle Goose: Medium-sized goose with distinctive white face and jet-black head, neck, and upper breast. Wings and back are silver-gray with black-and-white bars. Belly is white. V-shaped white rump patch and silver-gray underwing linings are visible in flight. Sexes are similar.

Range and Habitat

Barnacle Goose: Breeds in Greenland and northern Eurasia. Spends winters in northern Europe and British Isles. Probably rare vagrant in northeastern North America, though many records are believed to be of escaped captive birds. Preferred habitats include arctic rivers and marshlands; winters on coastal marshes and grasslands.

Breeding and Nesting

Barnacle Goose: Four to six gray white to yellow eggs are laid in a depression in sand or rock lined with feathers and down. Nest is often built on inaccessible rock shelf on a cliff or rocky pillar, far from water. Incubation ranges from 24 to 25 days and is carried out by the female.

Foraging and Feeding

Barnacle Goose: Feeds on grass and coastal plants.

Vocalization

Barnacle Goose: Song is a high piercing yelp. Call is a "kaw"; hisses when disturbed.

Similar Species

Barnacle Goose: Brant and Canada geese have dark underwings, foreheads, and faces, and lack white sides.

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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.
BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
RumpX
The area between the uppertail coverts and the back of the bird.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
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