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Bird name:

Pink-footed Goose

Anser brachyrhynchus




Geese and Ducks (Anatidae)





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Breeding Location:


Breeding Type:


Egg Colour:

Fine granular texture, slightly glossy and white or creamy.

Number of Eggs:

3 - 7

Incubation Days:

25 - 28

Egg Incubator:


Nest Material:

A low mound of vegetation lined with down.

Nest Location:

On cliffs, rocky outcrops or snow-free hummocks often near seabird colonies.




Pink-footed Goose: Medium-sized goose with short, grey and dark pink bill, and pink legs and feet. Brown-grey back and wings with pale edging to feathers. White tail with grey band. Pale brown neck with dark brown streaks, and dark brown head. Pale brown below with dark brown barring on flanks. Also has white vent, rather short neck, and uniform, dark brown underwings. Sexes similar. Juveniles like adults but more uniform grey-brown and have duller pink bill.

Range and Habitat

Pink-footed Goose: Winter visitor to Britain, where numbers are increasing. Scarce to Ireland. They are found along the east coast of Scotland, and the east and north coasts of England. Birds breed in the Arctic and can be seen on winter grounds from autumn until spring. Prefer estuaries, can also be seen on farmland.

Breeding and Nesting

Pink-footed Goose: Nests in loose colonies in Arctic regions. Forms strong, permanent pair-bonds. Nest is a shallow scrape lined with moss, other vegetation, and down. Female incubates eggs while male defends young. Both parents care for young, who stay with parents until the next breeding season.

Foraging and Feeding

Pink-footed Goose: Summertime on the tundra it feeds on a range of plants on land and in water. Wintertime they graze primarily on oilseed rape, sugar beet, potato and various grasses. Also feeds on the roots, tubers, shoots and leaves of plants.


Pink-footed Goose: Utters a harsh musical honking sound.

Similar Species

Pink-footed Goose: Bean Goose has a more black on base of bill, longer tail and neck, darker legs and feet and is more brown. Greylag Goose shares the pale, pink-hued legs, but is larger overall and lacks the black markings on the beak. In flight Greylag shows a lighter blue-grey forewing.

Birds do not have two separate cavities for excrement and reproduction like humans do. In birds, there is one single entrance/exit that suits both functions called the vent, cloaca or anus.
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The four letter common name alpha code is is derived from the first two letters of the common first name and the first two letters of common last name. The six letter species name alpha code is derived from the first three letters of the scientific name (genus) and the first three letters of the scientific name (species). See (1) below for the rules used to create the codes..

Four-letter (for English common names) and six-letter (for scientific names) species alpha codes were developed by Pyle and DeSante (2003, North American Bird-Bander 28:64-79) to reflect A.O.U. taxonomy and nomenclature (A.O.U. 1998) as modified by Supplements 42 (Auk 117:847-858, 2000) and 43 (Auk 119:897-906, 2002). The list has been updated by Pyle and DeSante to reflect changes reported by the A.O.U from 2003 through 2006.


The Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) was established in the mid-1990 s as a cooperative project among several federal agencies to improve and expand upon taxonomic data (known as the NODC Taxonomic Code) maintained by the National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

To find the ITIS page for a bird species go to the ITIS web site advanced search and report page at You can enter the TSN or the common name of the bird. It will return the ITIS page for that bird. Another way to obtain the ITIS page is to use the Google search engine. Enter the string ITIS followed by the taxonomic ID, for example "ITIS 178041" will return the page for the Allen's Hummingbird.

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