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White-fronted Goose (Greenland subspecies)
Anser albifrons flavirostris

Map of the common names


Slightly smaller (L 70 cm) than Greylag Goose (Anser anser), dark plumage and orange-yellow, slightly longer and heavier bill than nominal species. Breeds by open areas on tundra, nearby lakes, marshes and rivers, along seashores or inland. Winters also in open areas, crop fields or marshes. Feeds only on terrestrial plants. Migrant.

Watercolour by Serge Nicolle

Reasons for the need for protection/inclusion in annex I

Disturbance at wintering sites and unfavourable climatic conditions are the main threats for the subspecies during winter period.

Distribution map

yellow = summer visitor
green = resident
blue = winter visitor

Population : 30,000 birds

Drawing by Manuel Manolos

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