Barnacle Goose information and facts

Barnacle Goose Bird Information

Barnacle Goose bird is a strikingly attractive ‘black’ goose; highly localized winter visitor, forming large flocks in favored areas. With back grey, barnacle goose has heavily barred black and white. The bird has a neck and breast black with a white face and a black crown. Underparts white. In flights, the bird shows grey wings with the black trailing edge. Small, black bill and black feet.

Status: Barnacle goose can be found in largest numbers in western Scotland and western Ireland, but has prospered under careful conservation and now occurs irregularly in small numbers at other, mainly coastal, sites.

Similar Species: Canada Goose and Brent Goose are much similar to Barnacle Goose.

Barnacle Goose Facts

Size58-69 cm (23-27 in)
Habitatgrassland, estuaries
Behaviorswims, walks, takes off and lands on water and ground
Flocking1-several thousand
Flightstrong and powerful, direct
Voicebarking, puppy-like yaps with deeper growls

Barnacle Goose Identification


Upperpartsgrey barred black and white
Tailwhite with the black terminal band; short and square
Throatblack and white
Billblack; small and duck-like
Legsblack; medium length

Nesting and Breeding

Nestlined depression, ledges of cliffs
Eggs3-5, white
Incubation24-25 days
Youngactive; downy
Fledging7 weeks
Broods1; June-July
Population33,000 winter

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