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White-fronted Goose (Anser Albifrons) at Swillington Ings near Leeds, Yorkshire, England - March 2016 | by SaffyH
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White-fronted Goose (Anser Albifrons) at Swillington Ings near Leeds, Yorkshire, England - March 2016

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The white-fronted goose is a grey goose, bigger than a mallard and smaller than a mute swan. Adults have a large white patch at the front of the head around the beak and bold black bars on the belly. The legs are orange and Siberian birds have pink bills, while Greenland birds have orange bills. This species does not breed in the UK. Two races visit the UK in winter - birds that breed in Greenland and birds that breed in Siberia. The current wintering areas need protection, including avoiding drainage of traditional wintering areas in southern England.

 

 

Overview

 

Latin name

 

Anser albifrons

 

 

Family

 

Swans, ducks and geese (Anatidae)

 

 

Where to see them

 

South England especially the Severn estuary in Gloucester and the Swale estuary in Kent for Siberian birds; Ireland and West Scotland for Greenland birds.

 

 

When to see them

 

October to March

 

 

What they eat

 

Grass, clover, grain, winter wheat and potatoes

 

 

Population

 

Wintering

 

2,400 birds from Europe

13,000 birdfs from Greenland

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Taken on March 13, 2016