Medium-sized goose (L 55 cm), can be distinguished by the whole white head and black crown, nape and neck. The Barnacle Goose nests colonially on steep cliffs in the Arctic and roost in winter on sheltered coast and flooded meadows in the south. Feeds exclusively on green plants and seeds. Migrant.
Reasons for the need for protection/inclusion in annex I
The breeding population is estimated over 10 pairs and the wintering population is approximately 200,000 individuals. The species utilization of pastures during winter has led to conflicts with agriculture interests. Licences were granted to kill Barnacle Goose up to recently.
yellow = summer visitor
green = resident
blue = winter visitor
Population : winter : 100,000 / 200,000 birds
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