Mangoverde :: World Bird Guide :: Ducks, Geese and Swans :: Barnacle Goose

Barnacle Goose Branta leucopsis

Described by: Bechstein (1803)
Alternate common name(s): None known by website authors
Old scientific name(s): None known by website authors


Hellevoetsluis, Netherlands - Apr 21, 2003 © Bas de Bruijn  Stellendam, Netherlands - Jan 4, 2003 © Bas de Bruijn  Netherlands - 2003 © Ben van den Broek 
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E. Greenland; Spitsbergen; S. Novaya Zemlya Is. and adjacent Vaygach Is., as well as, infrequently on the mainland of ex. ne Russia (Yugorski Peninsula);
Three main breeding populations;
The Greenland population migrates via Iceland to Ireland and w. Scotland (Hebrides). The Spitsbergen (Svalbard) population migrates along the coast of Norway, across the North Sea to Solway Firth and Islay Is. in sw. Scotland and nw. England. The Novaya Zemlya population migrates across the White Sea and Baltic Sea to Denmark, the Netherlands and ex. ne. Belgium. Formerly wintered in ex. sw. Denmark and nw. Germany. Occurs as a vagrant to ex. ne. North America primarily in Canada. Introduce in Great Britain, but not established.
North America n. of Mexican border
Vagrant in ne. North America.
Winter: NFD, NSC and NBR. Any birds s. of this range are likely to have escaped from captivity.


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Location unknown - Date unknown Source: ETI BioInformatics


Clements, James F. Birds of the World: A Checklist. Vista, CA: Ibis Publishing Company, 2000.


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