Brent Goose

Brent Goose

Scientific name: Branta bernicla

Did you know: The Brent Goose is known as one of the most coastal geese, with a special preference for eel-grass and seaweed along sandy estuaries and salt marshes!

What Do Brent Geese Look Like? (how to identify them)

Brent Geese are small, dark geese, akin in size to a Mallard. They exhibit a black head and neck with a grey-brown back

The belly’s colour varies depending on the subspecies.

Differences Between Male And Female Brent Geese

Both male and female Brent Geese are similar in appearance, with subtle differences in size. Adult Brent Geese have a distinguishing small white neck patch, making them easily identifiable.

What Do Brent Geese Eat?

Brent Geese primarily feed on vegetation, particularly favouring eel-grass. This diet is supplemented with algae and seaweed, especially during winter months in their coastal habitats.

Where Do Brent Geese Live? (inc. migration info)

Brent Geese are migratory birds, flying to the UK for milder winters. There are two main populations in the UK: the dark-bellied geese found in Eastern England and the pale-bellied ones in the North East.

Bird Calls & Songs (the unique voices of Brent Geese)

Brent Geese, while not known for melodious songs like some birds, have distinctive calls that can often be heard as they fly in loose flocks along coastal areas.

Fun Brent Goose Facts (kid friendly)

  • Brent Geese love coastal foods like eel-grass and seaweed.
  • They migrate from the Arctic to the UK every winter.
  • Depending on where they come from, their belly can be pale or dark.
  • They fly in loose flocks, often with family groups.
  • They are small for geese but can be quite vocal.
  • You’ll mostly see them in the UK from October to March.
  • They love hanging out in estuaries and salt marshes.
  • They mainly eat plants, unlike some other bird species.
  • With a black head and neck and a white patch, they’re easy to spot.

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Facts About The Brent Goose

Diet: Vegetation, especially eel-grass.
Bird Family: Ducks, geese and swans
Length: 56-61cm
Wingspan: 110-120cm
Weight: 1.3 to 1.6 kg
Scientific Name: Branta bernicla

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

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

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Female
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Hatchling
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Nestling
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Chick
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Juvenile