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 Brant (Branta bernicla)




Brant | Branta bernicla photo
Brant, Foot Of Kinkade Road, Qualicum Beach, British Columbia

Photograph by Alan And Elaine Wilson. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

Brant | Branta bernicla photo
Brant, Boundary Bay Regional Park, Tsawwassen, British Columbia

Photograph by Alan And Elaine Wilson. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

BRANT FACTS

Description
The Brant is a small goose with black head, neck and chest, and an incomplete white neck collar. The back is dark gray brown, and rump and tail is white. Birds from the Atlantic coast have light gray bellies, and birds from the Pacific coast have black bellies. Immature birds are similar to adults without white collar..

Size
length 55cm - 66cm. Weight 1.2kg - 1.8kg.

Environment
coastal areas, farmland near the coast

Food
eel-grass, sea lettuce, grass, farm cereal crops.

Breeding
Breeds in colonies. Nest is a depression on the ground lined with down feathers, grass and leaves. Lays one to eight (usually three to five) dull white eggs. The eggs hatch after 22 - 26 days. The young are able to fly after about 40 - 50 days.

Range
breeds in arctic Alaska and arctic Canada. Winters along west coast from Alaska to Mexico and east coast from Massachusetts to North Carolina.

Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Anseriformes
Family:Anatidae
Genus:Branta
Species:bernicla
Common Name:Brant


Relatives in same Genus
  Canada Goose (B. canadensis)