Male Barnacle Goose

Barnacle Goose

Scientific name: Branta leucopsis

Did you know: there was a belief that barnacle geese were born from goose barnacles attached to ships at sea, due to the fact that the shells of these barnacles washed up on the west coast of Scotland during the autumn months and had black-and-white stripes similar to the plumage of barnacle geese. This belief persisted for some time because the nests of barnacle geese were not seen.

Barnacle Geese are highly adapted to life in the cold
They have a thick layer of insulating feathers and are able to withstand extreme temperatures.

Barnacle Geese are one of the UK’s most elegant waterbirds
With their striking black and white plumage, long, slender necks, and distinctive white face and head, these birds are truly striking to behold.

These birds are highly skilled fliers
They are known for their long migrations, flying thousands of miles each year to reach their breeding and wintering grounds.

Barnacle Geese are an important part of the UK’s coastal ecosystems
They play a vital role in maintaining the balance of marine life in our waters.

The Barnacle Goose is a truly remarkable bird that is a delight to observe in the UK’s natural environment! If you see one, take a moment to appreciate the incredible beauty and adaptability of these amazing birds.

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Facts About The Barnacle Goose

Diet: Their diet consists of vegetation - the leaves & stems of grasses, roots and seeds.
Bird Family: Ducks, geese and swans
Length: 57 - 71cm
Wingspan: 131 - 146cm
Weight: 1.2 - 2.2kg
Scientific Name: Branta leucopsis

The Barnacle Goose Can Be Seen In The UK During The Following Months

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • October
  • November
  • December