Brent Goose (Branta bernicla)


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The Brant or Brent Goose, Branta bernicla, is a species of goose of the genus Branta. The Black Brant is an American subspecies. The specific descriptor bernicla is from the same source as “barnacle” in Barnacle Goose, which looks similar but is not a close relation.
The Brant Goose is a small goose long and with a short, stubby bill. It measures 55–66 cm (22–26 in) long, 106–121 cm (42–48 in) across the wings and weighs 0.88–2.2 kg (1.9–4.9 lb). The under-tail is pure white, and the tail black and very short (the shortest of any goose).
The species is divided three subspecies:- Dark-bellied Brant Goose (Branta bernicla bernicla), Pale-bellied Brant Goose {Branta bernicla hrota) -sometimes also known as Light-bellied Brant Goose in Europe, and Atlantic Brant in North America. Black Brant (Branta bernicla nigricans) – sometimes also known as the Pacific Brant in North America.
Further Information: Wikipedia

Where these can be seen: Throughout Langstone Harbour coastline and surrounding land.

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