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Red Breasted Goose

Red Breasted Goose

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Scientific Name:

Branta ruficolis


Siberian tundra. Winters in SE Europe and SW Asia mainly on N & W coasts of Black and Caspian Sea.


Vegetarian - leaves, grasses, sedges and aquatic plants, grains, tubers, green sprouts of cereals.


Habitat: Tundra, grasslands, wetlands

Incubation: 23-25 days / 6-7 eggs

Social structure: loose groups of 5-6 pairs, occasionally up to 37 pairs.

Weight: male max 1.6kg, female max 1.1kg

Dimensions: max 56cm wing span: max 135cm

Lifespan: 21 under human care

Estimated population in the wild: 56,000 individuals

Threats: hunting and habitat destruction

IUCN status: Vulnerable

Did you know that:

  1. They nest close to some birds of prey species using the as "security" in order to protect their chicks from predators such as the arctic foxes.
  2. In Greece, the Red breasted goose winters in small number usually in Evros Delta or less often in the wetlands of Thrace Ismarida lake, Nestou Delta etc.

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