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Bird name:

Barnacle Goose

Branta leucopsis

Order

ANSERIFORMES

Family

Geese and Ducks (Anatidae)

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BTO 5

BARGO

Euring 5

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Conservation Description


The Barnacle Goose is a common wintering species in coastal wetlands of Scotland, Northern England, Isle of Man, and Ireland, and a passage migrant in other coastal areas of the UK. It has an "Amber" status because of recent population declines.

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Barnacle Goose: Medium-sized goose with black and white head, black neck, breast, and tail, white underparts with light gray barring on flanks, dark gray back and wings with black and white barring, and white "u-shaped" rump. Stubby, black bill and black legs. Can show yellow coloration on face.


Range and Habitat

Barnacle Goose: Primarily a winter visitor with a small breeding population. Seen in western Scotland, and western and northern coastal areas of Ireland from October through March. Also occurs in England, Wales, amd Northern Ireland. Often seen on rivers and estuaries and in marshlands. Breeds in arctic areas of Greenland and Russia in summer months.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"kaw"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The English name of the Barnacle Goose, and the scientific name of the Brent Goose (B. bernicla), come from the fable that Barnacle Geese were produced from barnacles.
  • It was thought they developed from the Goose Barnacle. The confusion was prompted by the similarities in colour and shape, and the fact that they appeared in different seasons.
  • It was an important part of medieval cuisine; since it was believed to be produced from barnacles, Catholics classified these geese as fish and therefore could eat their flesh during Lent.
  • A group of barnacle geese are known as an "encrustment" or a "hull" of geese.

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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.

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