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Brant

Branta bernicla ORDER: ANSERIFORMES FAMILY: ANATIDAE

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

An abundant small goose of the ocean shores, the Brant breeds in the high Arctic tundra and winters along both coasts. The Brant along the Atlantic have light gray bellies, while those off the Pacific Coast have black bellies and were at one time considered a separate species.

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Appearance

Ducklike
Ducklike
Typical Voice

Adult Description

  • Medium to small goose.
  • Black head, neck, and chest.
  • White, partly broken collar.

Immature Description

Similar to adult, but without white collar and with white scaling on back.

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