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Pink-footed Goose

Anser brachyrhynchus

  • Family: Waterfowl – Anatidae
  • Appearance: A grey goose, distinguishable in good visibility conditions by the shape and colour of its beak.
  • Size: Length 61–76 cm (24–29.5 in), wingspan 137–161 cm (53.5–63 in), weight 2.8–3.5 kg (6–7.7 lb).
  • Nest: Low pile of plant material on dry land.
  • Breeding: 3–5 eggs incubated for 26­–27 days. Goslings learn to fly within about 56 days. Nests in sparse colonies in tundra regions. Does not breed in Finland.
  • Distribution: Nests on the arctic tundra and fells of Svalbard, Iceland and Greenland. Winters in NW Europe mainly around the North Sea.
  • Migration: Rare passage migrant in Finland, though occurrences have become more frequent in recent decades. Can be seen on autumn migration in Sept–Oct, and in greater numbers in April–May, often among flocks of other grey goose species.
  • Diet: Various aquatic and shore plants. Also feeds on fields of stubble in wintering areas.
  • Calls: Reminiscent of honking calls of Bean Geese, but higher pitched.

Pink-footed Geese closely resemble Bean Geese, and were earlier considered as a subspecies. Their beaks are stubbier than those of Bean Geese, and coloured blackish and pink instead of orange. Though their heads and necks are darker than those of Bean Geese, their backs are paler, which is a useful distinguishing feature for mixed flocks in flight. They have pink legs, compared to the orange legs of Bean Geese. Young birds resemble young Bean Geese, though their beaks are clearly shorter.

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