Pink-Footed Goose

Pink-Footed Goose

Scientific name: Anser brachyrhynchus

Did you know: The Pink-Footed Goose, known for its distinctive colouration, forms one of the most dramatic climate change-induced distribution changes in migratory birds!

What Do Pink-Footed Geese Look Like? (how to identify them)

Pink-Footed Geese are medium-sized birds, easily identified by their pinkish-grey bodies, dark heads and necks, a pink bill, and, of course, their namesake pink feet and legs. They are smaller than a Mute Swan but larger than a Mallard, striking a graceful balance in size.

Differences Between Male And Female Pink-Footed Geese

Both sexes are similar in appearance, with females being slightly smaller. Juveniles share the adults’ colouration but are duller and less vibrant, with legs and feet not as vividly pink.

What Do Pink-Footed Geese Eat?

Their diet mainly consists of grain, winter cereals, and potatoes. In grassy habitats, they graze extensively, and in the winter months, they may also consume household scraps, showing remarkable adaptability.

Where Do Pink-Footed Geese Live? (inc. migration info)

Pink-Footed Geese do not breed in the UK but are frequent winter visitors, with their numbers on the rise, particularly in Norfolk. They migrate from breeding grounds in Spitsbergen, Iceland, and Greenland to spend winters in various European countries, including the UK.

Bird Calls & Songs (the unique voices of Pink-Footed Geese)

The geese are vocally expressive, especially in flight. Their high-pitched honking calls form a noisy but fascinating chorus when large flocks take to the sky.

Fun Pink-Footed Goose Facts (kid friendly)

  • Pink-Footed Geese fly thousands of miles from the Arctic to the UK every winter.
  • They have a unique pink colour on their feet and bill.
  • These geese can live up to 38 years, which is quite long for birds!
  • They lay 3 to 6 eggs, which are incubated for about a month.
  • The geese are social birds, often seen in large, noisy flocks.
  • They are one of the few birds that can walk up to 15 miles across the tundra.
  • In the summer, they enjoy the Arctic tundra, and in winter, they like grazing in farmlands.
  • Their diet includes cereals and grains, but they also eat grass and potatoes.
  • The geese make loud honking sounds, especially when they’re flying.
  • They are known to form long-term, monogamous pair bonds, often mating for life.

Facts About The Pink-Footed Goose

Diet: Grain, winter cereals, potatoes and grass.
Bird Family: Ducks, geese and swans
Length: 60-76cm
Wingspan: 135-160cm
Weight: 2.2-2.7kg
Scientific Name: Anser brachyrhynchus

The Pink-Footed Goose Can Be Seen In The UK During The Following Months

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • September
  • 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