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Brant - Branta bernicla

Brant Branta bernicla

Identification Tips:

  • Length: 17 inches Wingspan: 48 inches
  • Sexes similar
  • Small coastal goose
  • Black head, neck, and breast
  • White patch on neck
  • Black bill, legs, and feet
  • White upper and undertail coverts, rump, and dark tail
  • Very dark wings

Adult-Pacific coast:

  • Very dark back
  • Blackish belly
  • Some white on flanks

Adult-Atlantic coast:

  • Dark back
  • Pale belly and flanks

Similar species:

Other dark geese have white face patches.

Length and wingspan from: Robbins, C.S., Bruun, B., Zim, H.S., (1966). Birds of North America. New York: Western Publishing Company, Inc.

Above information used courtesy of United States Geological Survey.

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