Brent Goose (Branta bernicla) - HBW 1, p. 584
French: Bernache cravant
Spanish: Barnacla Carinegra
Other common names: Brant Goose, Brant, Brent; Light-bellied/Atlantic Brent (hrota); Dark-bellied/Russian Brent (bernicla); Pacific Brent (orientalis); Black Brent (nigricans)
Taxonomy: Anas Bernicla Linnaeus, 1758, Europe.
Race orientalis included in nigricans by some. Race nigricans sometimes considered a full species. Four subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- hrota (O. F. Müller, 1776) - N Canada, Greenland, Svalbard and Franz Josef Land.
- bernicla (Linnaeus, 1758) - NC Siberia.
- orientalis Tugarinov, 1941 - NE Siberia.
- nigricans (Lawrence, 1846) - extreme NE Siberia to NC Canada.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 76 videos
An adult 'Dark-bellied Brent Goose' feeding on a golf course Locality Dawlish Warren, Devon, England, Great Britain (ssp bernicla)
Greg Baker 5 March 2015 30 weeks ago 24 sec 4.8
First winter 'Dark-bellied' Brent Geese foraging on a golf course Locality Dawlish Warren, Devon, England, Great Britain (ssp bernicla)
Greg Baker 5 March 2015 30 weeks ago 20 sec 4.7
Several birds eating seaweeds on the water. Locality Kiritappu Cape, Akkeshi District, Hokkaido, Japan (ssp nigricans)
Josep del Hoyo 7 February 2010 4 years ago 25 sec 4.6
Group feeding at sea shore Locality Île d'Oléron, Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes, France (ssp bernicla)
Pascal Vagner 5 April 2015 25 weeks ago 49 sec 4.5
Several birds eating seaweeds on the sea shore. Locality Kiritappu Cape, Akkeshi District, Hokkaido, Japan (ssp nigricans)
Josep del Hoyo 7 February 2010 4 years ago 27 sec 4.5
A bird laying on the ground, walking and foraging Locality Gaasterland, Friesland Province, Netherlands (ssp bernicla)
Peter van Dam 16 November 2007 7 years ago 31 sec 4.5
PhotosSee all 73 photos
Adult in flight
Locality England, Great Britain (ssp bernicla)
maurizioravasini 24 January 2013 1 year ago 4.6
A flock of adults feeding on the sea shore
Locality Beaumaris, Isle of Anglesey, Wales, Great Britain (ssp hrota)
Andy Emmerson 8 April 2014 1 year ago 4.4
An adult eating Eel Grass
Locality Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Humboldt Bay, Humboldt County, California, USA (United States)
AndrewSmith 8 April 2015 24 weeks ago 4.3
Pazifische Ringelgans (Branta bernicla nigrcans)
Locality Germany (ssp nigricans)
lambrigger 1 year ago 4.3
Locality Zeeland Province, Netherlands
Didier Collin 25 October 2010 1 year ago 4.3
A female incubating, flatening herself on the nest
Locality Pyasina Delta, Taymyr Peninsula, Krasnoyarsk Krai, Eastern Russia, Russia
Laurent Demongin 13 July 2008 6 years ago 4.2
Birds calling while grazing Locality Pyasina Delta, Taymyr Peninsula, Krasnoyarsk Krai, Eastern Russia, Russia
Laurent Demongin 22 July 2008 5 years ago 4
A small flock flying overhead. Locality Terrington Marsh, Norfolk, England, Great Britain
Stuart Fisher 29 January 2005 6 years ago 2