White-Fronted Goose (Slimbridge April 2013)
The White-Fronted Goose, also known as the Greater White-Fronted Goose, is a member of the Anser genus which consists largely of Grey plumage.
The White-Fronted Goose is named from the White patch around the base of its bill.
The White-Fronted Goose is similar to the Lesser White-Fronted Goose but is larger and lacks the Yellow eye ring.
(Compare the two Geese)
| Hear the White-Fronted Goose Call:-|
640mm to 810mm (25" to 32")
Appearance - Male
The male has mainly Grey/Brown plumage with a dark Brown head and neck. The bill is Pink (European) or Yellow (Greenland) and has a distinctive White patch of feathers around the base extending to the front of the face. The back is dark Brown with lighter Brown under-sides. The lower breast and belly has Black bars. The flanks are dull Brown and the vent and upper-tail are White. The legs and feet are Bright Orange.
Appearance - Female
Similar to the male though slightly smaller.
Grasslands, Salt Marshes, Fields and Estuaries.
Grasses, Grain, Cereal, Potatoes, Insects and Molluscs.
Late May to June.
The nest is built on a small mound lined with vegetation feathers and down.
Quantity: 4 to 7
Colour: Creamy White.