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Branta leucopsis (Barnacle Goose)

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Wikipedia Abstract

The barnacle goose (Branta leucopsis) belongs to the genus Branta of black geese, which contains species with largely black plumage, distinguishing them from the grey Anser species. Despite its superficial similarity to the brant goose, genetic analysis has shown it is an eastern derivative of the cackling goose lineage.
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EDGE Analysis

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ED Score: 3.28674
EDGE Score: 1.45553


Adult Weight [1]  3.719 lbs (1.687 kg)
Birth Weight [2]  107 grams
Female Weight [1]  3.497 lbs (1.586 kg)
Male Weight [1]  3.942 lbs (1.788 kg)
Weight Dimorphism [1]  12.7 %
Diet [3]  Granivore, Herbivore
Diet - Plants [3]  90 %
Diet - Seeds [3]  10 %
Forages - Ground [3]  80 %
Forages - Water Surface [3]  20 %
Female Maturity [4]  2 years
Male Maturity [4]  2 years
Clutch Size [6]  5
Incubation [5]  24 days
Maximum Longevity [4]  27 years
Migration [7]  Intercontinental
Speed [8]  38.028 MPH (17 m/s)
Wing Span [8]  3.542 feet (1.08 m)


Protected Areas

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Important Bird Areas

Prey / Diet

Prey / Diet Overlap


Parasitized by 
Amidostomum anseris <Unverified Name>[11]
Ceratophyllus vagabundus vagabundus[12]
Epomidiostomum orispinum <Unverified Name>[11]
Hymenolepis longivaginata <Unverified Name>[11]
Hymenolepis setigera <Unverified Name>[11]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Range Map


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

External References



Attributes / relations provided by
1Owen, M., and Ogilvie, MA 1979. Wing molt and weights of Barnacle geese in Spitsbergen Condor, 81: 42-52
2Terje Lislevand, Jordi Figuerola, and Tamás Székely. 2007. Avian body sizes in relation to fecundity, mating system, display behavior, and resource sharing. Ecology 88:1605
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
4de 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
5British Trust for Ornithology
6Jetz W, Sekercioglu CH, Böhning-Gaese K (2008) The Worldwide Variation in Avian Clutch Size across Species and Space PLoS Biol 6(12): e303. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0060303
7Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2006. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed February 01, 2010 at
8Alerstam T, Rosén M, Bäckman J, Ericson PGP, Hellgren O (2007) Flight Speeds among Bird Species: Allometric and Phylogenetic Effects. PLoS Biol 5(8): e197. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0050197
9del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.
10Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
11Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
12International Flea Database
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
Protected Areas provided by Natura 2000, UK data: © Crown copyright and database right [2010] All rights reserved. Ordnance Survey Licence number 100017955
GBIF Global Biodiversity Information Facility
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.
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