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Branta hutchinsii (Cackling Goose)

Synonyms: Anser hutchinsii

Wikipedia Abstract

The cackling goose (Branta hutchinsii) is a North American bird of the genus Branta of black geese, which contains species with largely black plumage, distinguishing them from the grey Anser species.
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Branta hutchinsii asiatica
Branta hutchinsii hutchinsii (Cackling Goose) (Attributes)
Branta hutchinsii leucopareia (Cackling Goose) (Attributes)
Branta hutchinsii minima (Cackling Goose) (Attributes)
Branta hutchinsii taverneri (Cackling Goose)

EDGE Analysis

Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 3.28674
EDGE Score: 1.45553


Adult Weight [1]  4.28 lbs (1.94 kg)
Breeding Habitat [2]  Arctic tundra, Arctic coastal
Wintering Geography [2]  Western U.S.
Wintering Habitat [2]  Wetlands, Agricultural
Diet [3]  Frugivore, Herbivore
Diet - Fruit [3]  10 %
Diet - Plants [3]  90 %
Forages - Ground [3]  60 %
Forages - Water Surface [3]  40 %
Global Population (2017 est.) [2]  770,000
Incubation [4]  26 days
Maximum Longevity [1]  18 years 3 months

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Aleutian Islands Biosphere Reserve 2720489 Alaska, United States    
Crosswinds Marsh Nature Preserve 1050 Michigan, United States
Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge IV 11010 California, United States


Prey / Diet

Arctagrostis latifolia (wideleaf polargrass)[5]
Arctostaphylos alpinus (alpine bearberry)[5]
Carex bonanzensis (Yukon sedge)[5]
Empetrum nigrum (black crowberry)[5]
Eriophorum scheuchzeri (white cottongrass)[5]
Sphagnum fuscum (sphagnum)[5]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Acanthis flammea (Common Redpoll)1
Alces alces (moose)2
Bombus polaris (Bumblebee)2
Bonasa umbellus (Ruffed Grouse)1
Branta ruficollis (Red-breasted Goose)1
Calcarius lapponicus (Lapland Longspur)3
Calidris tenuirostris (Great Knot)2
Corvus corax (Northern Raven)2
Falcipennis canadensis (Spruce Grouse)1
Falcipennis canadensis franklinii (Franklin’s Grouse)1
Lagopus lagopus (Willow Ptarmigan)2
Lagopus leucura (White-tailed Ptarmigan)1
Lagopus muta (Rock Ptarmigan)1
Larus schistisagus (Slaty-backed Gull)1
Lemmus sibiricus (brown lemming)5
Lepus americanus (Snowshoe Hare)1
Lepus othus (Alaskan Hare)1
Limosa haemastica (Hudsonian Godwit)1
Lyrurus tetrix (Eurasian Black Grouse)1
Martes americana (American Marten)2
Myodes rutilus (northern red-backed vole)6
Numenius tahitiensis (Bristle-thighed Curlew)2
Ochotona collaris (Collared Pika)1
Ovibos moschatus (muskox)4
Ovis dalli (Dall's sheep)3
Phenacomys ungava (eastern heather vole)1
Pluvialis fulva (Pacific Golden-Plover)1
Poecile hudsonicus (Boreal Chickadee)2
Rangifer tarandus (caribou)3
Tetrao urogallus (Western Capercaillie)1
Urocitellus parryii (Arctic ground squirrel)2
Ursus americanus (black bear)2
Ursus arctos (Grizzly Bear)2


Ursus arctos (Grizzly Bear)[5]
Vulpes vulpes (Red Fox)[5]

Range Map

Europe & Northern Asia (excluding China); Middle America; North America; Southern Asia;



Attributes / relations provided by
1de Magalhaes, J. P., and Costa, J. (2009) A database of vertebrate longevity records and their relation to other life-history traits. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22(8):1770-1774
2Partners in Flight Avian Conservation Assessment Database, version 2017. Accessed on January 2018.
3Hamish Wilman, Jonathan Belmaker, Jennifer Simpson, Carolina de la Rosa, Marcelo M. Rivadeneira, and Walter Jetz. 2014. EltonTraits 1.0: Species-level foraging attributes of the world's birds and mammals. Ecology 95:2027
4del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.
5Making The Forest And Tundra Wildlife Connection
Protected Areas provided by Biological Inventories of the World's Protected Areas in cooperation between the Information Center for the Environment at the University of California, Davis and numerous collaborators.
Crosswinds Marsh, Wayne County, Michigan
Images provided by Google Image Search
Abstract provided by DBpedia licensed under a Creative Commons License
Weather provided by NOAA METAR Data Access