Brent Goose bird information and facts

Brent Goose Bird Information

Brent goose bird is the smallest, darkest ‘black’ goose; predominantly estuarine species regularly found feeding amongst coastal fields.  Two subspecies occur: Pale-bellied B.b. hrota brown above and pale below; black head and neck ends in a clear-cut breast band.  Adults Brent Goose has a small white neck flash. Dark-bellied B.b. bernicla similar, but lacks contrast between breast and belly.  Juveniles lack neck flash.

Status: The bird has prospered with protection. Dark-bellied mostly southern and eastern England; Pale-bellied in Ireland and N.E. England.
Similar Species: Barnacle Goose and Canada Goose.

Brent Goose Bird Facts

Size56-61 cm (22-24 in)
Habitatestuaries, grassland
Behaviorswims, walk, takes off and lands on water and ground
Flocking1-several thousand
Flightstrong and powerful; direct
Voicegrumbling krock, garrulous in flocks

Brent Goose Identification


Tailwhite with black terminal band; short and square
Legspale; medium length
Billblack; duck-like
Ad.paleas above but belly buff
Juvenileswhite wingbars; no neck flash

Breeding and Nesting

Nestlined scrape near water, mostly near sea
Eggs3-5; white-yellow
Incubation24-26 days
Youngactive, downy
Broods1; June-July
Foodeelgrass; salting plants, growing cereals, grass
PopulationDark-bellied 92,000+ winter, pale-bellied 13,000+ winter

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