Family Ducks, Geese, Swans (Anatidae)

Least Concern

Pink-footed Goose (Anser brachyrhynchus)


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

Anser Brachyrhynchus


, 1834,

Abbeville, lower Somme River, France


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


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


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


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


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


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. (2020). 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 on 25 February 2020).