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
56-61 cm (22-24 in)
swims, walk, takes off and lands on water and ground