White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons)
White-Fronted Goose (Anser albifrons). Taken at Slimbridge, Glos., on January 22nd 2006.
Taken at Slimbridge, Glos., on January 22nd 2006.
(Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)


L: 65 - 78cm; WS: 130 - 165cm

The White-fronted Goose has bright orange legs and mouse-coloured upper wing-coverts. It is smaller than the Greylag Goose. As well as being larger than the Lesser White-fronted Goose, the Greater Whitefront lacks the yellow eye-ring of that species, and the white facial blaze does not extend upwards so far as in the Lesser.

This species breeds in Greenland, and in the far north of Europe and Asia, and winters further south and west in Europe. Greenland birds over-winter in Scotland and Ireland, and Russian birds in England and Wales. Around 15000 birds over-winter in the British Isles.

The breeding habitat is tundra. In winter they feed on grass, clover, grain, winter wheat and potatoes in arable fields.

This species has green status on the UK list.


17-Jan-2019 : Slimbridge, Glos (50+)

18-Jan-2018 : Slimbridge, Glos (20+)
29-Oct-2013 : Slimbridge, Glos (c20)
02-Feb-2013 : Otmoor, Oxon (3)
27-Nov-2011 : Slimbridge, Glos
02-Jan-2011 : Otmoor, Oxon (c30)