French: Oie à bec court German: Kurzschnabelgans Spanish: Ánsar piquicorto
Abbeville, lower Somme River, France
E Greenland, Iceland and Svalbard (Spitsbergen). Winters in Britain and from Denmark to Belgium.
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
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