How to identify

The Tundra Bean Goose is a species of bean goose that can be seen in the UK during the winter. It tends to be darker and browner than the other 'grey geese' species, with orange legs and a darker head and neck. On average, it's about 20% smaller than the related Taiga Bean Goose, with similar but slightly darker plumage, a stockier body and shorter neck. The bill also appears shorter and in most individuals, the yellow-orange patch is much smaller, covering less than half the bill. It breeds in the Russian tundra and winters at coastal locations in Europe. The Tundra Bean Goose is the commonest species of bean goose and its population is considered stable.


Tundra Bean Goose

Patrik Åberg / xeno-canto


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