Brent Goose (Branta bernicla)

Brent Geese are a small goose, with a largely dark plumage and a contrasting white rear end. Two forms occur, dark-bellied and pale-bellied. Dark-bellied occur in the South and East coasts in the UK, they have a dark grey belly and flanks. Pale-bellied occur in North East England, but occasional birds will venture further south, they have pale flanks and belly with a noticeable contrast against the black breast.

Dark-bellied Brent Geese breed in Siberia and migrate to the UK in the winter. They can be found on coastal waters, mudflats and coastal grasslands.

Interesting Fact: As well as the dark-bellied and pale-bellied, there is a third sub-species called the Black Brant which mainly occurs in Eastern Siberia, Alaska and North-West Canada, but occasional birds can be seen in the UK.

Brent Goose is on the Amber List for Birds of Conservation Concern.

Brent Goose (Branta bernicla)

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