Family Ducks, Geese, Swans (Anatidae)

Least Concern

Pink-footed Goose (Anser brachyrhynchus)


Taxonomy

French: Oie à bec court German: Kurzschnabelgans Spanish: Ánsar piquicorto
Taxonomy:

Anser Brachyrhynchus

Baillon

, 1834,

Abbeville, lower Somme River, France

.

Closely related to A. fabalis, of which sometimes considered a race (see above). Monotypic.

Distribution:

E Greenland, Iceland and Svalbard (Spitsbergen). Winters in Britain and from Denmark to Belgium.

Descriptive notes

60–75 cm; male 1900–3860 g, female 1450–2810 g; wingspan 135–170 cm. Head and upper neck dark brown, contrasting with paler brown lower neck and... read more

Voice

Vocalizations rather higher-pitched than those of either A. anser or A. fabalis,... read more

Habitat

Breeds on rocky outcrops, crags, in gorges and on islands in very open Arctic tundra, but visits... read more

Food and feeding

Almost entirely vegetarian; leaves, stems, roots, berries and seed heads of sedges, mosses, lichens, during breeding season; grain,... read more

Breeding

Starts May: laying commences 7–10 May in uplands of Iceland and 15 May in C highlands, but not until late May to early Jun in E... read more

Movements

Migratory, Greenland and Icelandic populations winter mostly in Scotland and NW & E England,... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Rather numerous within its limited range. Most of world population winters in British Isles, with c. 70,000–100,000 in 1980s,... read more

Recommended citation

Carboneras, C. & Kirwan, G.M. (2017). Pink-footed Goose (Anser brachyrhynchus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/52812 on 23 August 2017).