Red-breasted Goose

Scientific classification
Binomial name
Branta ruficolis
The Red-breasted Goose Branta ruficolis is a goose of the genus Branta, closely related to the Brent Goose Branta bernicla .

All the species of the Branta genus are distinguished by their general dark sooty colour, relieved in some by way by white of greater or less purity, and as a distinction from the members of the genus Anser, which are known as grey geese.

Red-breasted Goose breeds in arctic Europe, often close to nests of large birds of prey, such as Peregrine Falcons. This helps to protect this small goose from predators such as the Arctic Fox.

The goose winters in south eastern Europe. It is a rare vagrant to Britain and other western European countries, where odd birds are sometimes found with Brent flocks.

The bird is unmistakeable, but can be surprisingly difficult to find amongst Brent Geese due to its small size. The red also tends to look black at long distances.