The Pink-footed Goose (Anser brachyrhynchus)

 

 

The Pink-footed Goose is breeding in the northern part of the Western Palearctic with two distinct populations: one on Iceland and the eastcoast of Greenland and the other one breeding on Svalbard.

 

The populations of the Pink-footed Goose breeding on Greenland and Iceland spent their winter in Britain whereas the population breeding on svalbard are wintering in Denmark, the northwest of Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. The birds arriving from svalbard for their wintering can be observed over the entire length of the wadden sea and also inlands in Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium. Though, it must be mentioned that because of the rather smallish breeding populations there are always only small troops around in a winter area.

 

Voice: Two- and three-syllable honking notes, high-pitched, lacking the cackling quality of the White-fronted Goose. Notes like "ung-unk" or "wink-wink-wink" or "king-wink".

 

Habitat: In winter on grasslands, arable fields near coasts, marshes, estuaries and rivers, however the Pink-footed Goose prefers arable fields. Breeds colonially amongst rocky outcrops on hillsides and river gorges and also on the open tundra.

 

This article informs on the Pink-footed Goose and als brings images and literature for futher reading.

 

 

pink-footed goose on arable land
Troop of Pink-footed Geese on arable land
pink-footed geese on arable land
Pink-footed Geese on arable land
pink-footed geese on arable land
Pink-footed Geese on arable land

pink-footed geese on arable land
Pink-footed Geese on arable land
pink-footed geese on arable land
Pink-footed Geese on arable land
pink-footed geese on arable land
Pink-footed Geese on arable land

pink-footed geese on arable land
Pink-footed Geese on arable land

 

References - Further Reading

 

Bauer, Hans-Günther, Bezzel, Einhard et. al. (HG), Kompendium der Vögel Mitteleuropas, Band 1, Sonderausgabe 2012, Aula Verlag, Wiebelsheim

Bauer, Hans-Günther, Bezzel, Einhard et. al. (HG), Kompendium der Vögel Mitteleuropas, Band 3, Literatur und Anhang, Aula Verlag Wiebelsheim, 2. vollständig überarbeitete Auflage 1993

Bezzel, Einhard, Kompendium der Vögel Mitteleuropas, Non-Passeriformes, Band 1, Aula Verlag Wiesbaden, 1985

Bruun/Singer/König, Der Kosmos Vogelführer, Franck'sche Verlagshandlung Stuttgart, 5. Auflage 1982

Glutz von Blotzheim, Urs et. al (HG), Handbuch der Vögel Mitteleuropas, Band 2, Anseriformes (1. Teil), Akademische Verlagsgesellschaft, Wiesbaden, 1979, Nachdruck der Auflage von 1968

Svenson, Lars et. al, Der Kosmos Vogelführer, Franck-Kosmos Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, Stuttgart, 2. Auflage 2011

Svenson, Lars, Mullarney, Killian et al, Collins Bird Guide: The Most Complete Guide to the Birds of Britain and Europa, HarperCollins Glasgow, Second Edition 2010

Uspenski, S.M. Dr. habil, Die Wildgänse Nordeurasiens, Die Neue Brehm Bücherei, Band 352, A. Ziemsen Verlag Wittenberg Lutherstadt, 1965

 

Bundesamt für Naturschutz: Nationaler Vogelschutzbericht 2019 gemäß Artikel 12 Vogelschutzrichtlinie, Berichtsdaten aus dem Abschnitt Kr...N Wintergäste (pdf download)

 

 


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