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Conservation status: Amber

The pink-footed goose is a medium-sized goose, smaller than a mute swan but bigger than a mallard. It is pinkish grey with a dark head and neck, a pink bill and pink feet and legs. This species does not breed in the UK, but large numbers of birds spend the winter here, arriving from their breeding grounds in Spitsbergen, Iceland and Greenland. Numbers in England are on the increase, particularly in Norfolk, probably due to better protection at winter roosts.

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Overview

Latin name

Anser brachyrhynchus

Family

Swans, ducks and geese (Anatidae)

Where to see them

Large estuaries, such as on the east Scottish coast, The Wash, the Ribble and the Solway, or on surrounding farmland where birds go in the day to feed.

When to see them

They arrive in the UK in October and depart in April.

What they eat

Grain, winter cereals, potatoes and grass.

Population

EuropeUK breeding*UK wintering*UK passage*
--360,000 birds-

Distribution

Key

Audio

Andrew McCafferty, Xeno-canto

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