Red-breasted Goose (Branta ruficollis)
Species
Red-breasted Goose (Branta ruficollis). Taken at Slimbridge, Gloucs, on November 27th 2011.
Taken at Slimbridge, Gloucs, on November 27th 2011.
(1/100th sec at f6.3. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)

Description

L: 54 - 60 cm; WS: 110 - 125 cm

A medium-sized goose. It has striking chestnut-red, black and white plumage. The head is rounded and the bill is small.

It is migratory, breeding in the high Russian Arctic and wintering mainly in SE Romania and NE Bulgaria. It is a rare vagrant in W Europe.

Breeding habitat is arctic tundra near coasts or along river mouths, often together with birds of prey as protection against Arctic Foxes.

It is regarded as Endangered by the IUCN as nearly the whole global population of the species over-winters in the Dobrudja region.

Sightings

18-Jan-2018 : Slimbridge, Glos (1)