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Red-breasted Goose

Branta ruficollis

Red-breasted geese are ‘true geese’ and are closely related to swans. True geese include the bar-headed, the snow and the Hawaiian goose

measurements

Measurements

Size: 53 - 56cm
Weight: 1.1 - 1.6kg

habitat

Habitat

This goose lives in a variety of habitats, from snowy tundra to rolling hillsides. They breed in central Arctic Siberia and winter in the lowlands near the Black sea.

diet

Diet

The main diet of the red-breasted goose is grasses, however it also eats thistles, herbs and bulbs.

behaviour

Breeding

In June, this goose arrives in the tundra to breed in small colonies of around 5 pairs. Nests will be built close to bird of prey nest sites as these large birds drive away predators that may threaten the goose eggs. Females lay between 3 to 10 eggs which are incubated for around 25 days.

threat

Conservation

The population of the red-breasted goose is declining, through habitat loss and hunting by tourists. The impact of climate change is expected to affect the population further.

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