French: Oie naine German: Zwerggans Spanish: Ánsar chico
“Europa septentrionalis” = northern Sweden
Breeds in discontinuous narrow band across Arctic Eurasia from Norway to E Siberia. Winters from C & SE Europe E to Iran and in C China, Korea and Japan.
53–66 cm; male 1950–2300 g, female 2100–2150 g; wingspan 115–135 cm. White forehead reminiscent of A. albifrons and also has white claws;... read more
Squeakier and higher-pitched than calls of A. albifrons; gives two- or three-note calls,... read more
Favours variety of Arctic open habitats, particularly scrub-covered and lightly wooded tundra near... read more
Food and feeding
Essentially vegetarian, but very few specific data; mainly green parts of grasses, plants and small bushes. In Yangtze Valley (EC China),... read more
Generally starts late May/Jun, exceptionally as late as 10 Jul; may not depart breeding grounds until mid Aug to mid Sept. Wild populations... read more
Migratory, main wintering areas in E & SE Europe, on coastal plains of Caspian and Black Seas,... read more
Status and conservation
VULNERABLE. Protected in most of the key range states, except Azerbaijan and China, where hunting still occurs. Overall population most recently estimated at 18,000–22,... read more
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