Smaller than other goose (L 55 cm), on the whole darker, shorter-necked with smaller bill. White blaze reaches higher up on forehead. The Lesser White-fronted Goose breeds in the tundra zone, primarly nesting in habitat dominated by dwarf birch (Betula nana) around lakes. Feeds exclusively on herbaceous plants. Migrant.
Numbers of this species have declined drastically during the second half of the twentieth century. No more than about 25 pairs bred in the EU. The causes of the decline are uncertain, but probably relate to habitat changes on the wintering grounds.
yellow = summer visitor
green = resident
blue = winter visitor
Population : less than 50 pairs
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