Pink-footed Goose - Anser brachyrhynchus


The Pink-footed Goose is a medium-sized goose with a dark head and neck, a pink bill and pink feet and legs.

Identification difficulty

Around estuaries and large bodies of water.

When to see it

They arrive in the UK in October and depart in April

Life History

This species does not breed in the UK, but large numbers of birds spend the winter here, arriving from their breeding grounds in Spitsbergen, Iceland and Greenland. Numbers in England are on the increase. Feeds on grain, winter cereals, potatoes and grass.

UK Status

Widespread in much of Britain.

VC55 Status

Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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