Barnacle Goose (Slimbridge May 2012)
The Barnacle Goose belongs to the Branta genus which consists generally of species with largely Black plumage, distinguishing them from the Anser genus who largely have Grey plumage.
The Barnacle Goose is fully protected, though it may face threats from farmers as it winters in grassland and pastures which are used by livestock for grazing. Due to its current numbers the Barnacle Goose is classified as Least Concern.
The Barnacle Goose can be distinguished from the Canada Goose by it's full White face rather than just White cheeks.
(Compare the two Geese.)
| Hear the Barnacle Goose's Call:-
550mm to 700mm (22" to 28")
Appearance - Male
The male has a White face and Black head, Black bill, Black upper breast with a White belly. The wings and back are Silver/Grey with Black and White bars. The underwings and rump patch are Silver/Grey.
Appearance - Female
Same as the male.
Crags, Rocky Outcrops, Marshes and Coastal Grasslands.
Grasses, Leaves and Seeds.
May to June
Their nests are built high on mountain cliffs in a shallow depression.
Quantity: 3 to 5
Colour: Creamy White.