How to identify

The Barnacle Goose is a medium-sized, sociable goose, with a black head, neck and breast and a creamy-white face. This contrasts with the white belly, blue-grey barred back and black tail. Barnacle Geese fly in packs and long lines, with a noisy chorus of barking or yapping sounds.


Barnacle Goose

Willem-Pier Vellinga / xeno-canto


  1. Resident
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  4. Winter
* This map is intended as a guide. It shows general distribution rather than detailed, localised populations.
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