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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



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



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.



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



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.



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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