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Goose  Pink-Footed Goose

Pink-Footed Goose - Photo  Copyright 2005 Steve Botham Photo: Steve Botham

UK Safari Tip:
Get help identifying wetland birds with the beautifully illustrated fold out ID chart in the Nature shop - click here

Latin name: Anser Brachyrhynchus

Size: Size up to 76cms

Distribution: Found in many parts of the UK, mainly in the north from S.E. Scotland down to East Anglia. Large numbers seen on The Wash, the Solway and The Ribble.

Months seen: September to April

Food: Grass, carrot and potato crops

Habitat: Large estuaries, fields, meadows and marshes

Special features: Huge number of pink-footed geese spend the winter here in the UK coming from Greenland and Iceland. They have a blue-grey back, brown front, white front, and of course, pink legs.

From a distance the pink-footed goose and the greylag goose look very similar. The best way to tell the difference is by looking at their bills. The bill of a pink-footed goose is mainly black with a pink section in the middle (below left). The bill of a greylag goose is all orange (below right).

 Pink-footed goose Greylag goose

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