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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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Measurements
Both Sexes
Length
22–26 in
56–66 cm
Weight
42.3–63.5 oz
1200–1800 g
Other Names
  • Brent Goose (British), Black Brant (western form)
  • Bernache cravant (French)
  • Branta negra (Spanish)

Habitat


Marsh

Food


Plants

Nesting

Nest Placement

Ground

Behavior


Dabbler

Conservation

status via IUCN

Least Concern

Credits

    1. Bellrose, F. C. 1976. Ducks, Geese, and Swans of North America. Stackpole Books, Harrisburg, PA.
    2. Reed, A., D. H. Ward, D. V. Derksen, and J. S. Sedinger. 1998. Brant (Branta bernicla). In The Birds of North America, No. 337 (A. Poole and F. Gill, eds.). The Birds of North America, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.

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