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Barnacle Goose Branta leucopsis

IUCN Red List history

Year Category
2012 Least Concern
2009 Least Concern
2008 Least Concern
2004 Least Concern
2000 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1994 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1988 Lower Risk/Least Concern

Species attributes

Migratory status full migrant Forest dependency Does not normally occur in forest
Land mass type   Average mass -

Distribution

  Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence breeding/resident (km2) 82,800 medium
Extent of Occurrence non-breeding (km2) 82,800 medium
Number of locations -
Fragmentation -

Population & trend

  Estimate Data quality Derivation Year of estimate
No. of mature individuals poor Estimated 2009
Population trend Increasing -
Number of subpopulations - - -
Largest subpopulation - - -
Generation length (yrs) 10.5 - - -
Trend justification: The overall trend is suspected to be increasing (Wetlands International 2006).

Country/Territory distribution

Country/Territory Occurrence status Presence Breeding Non-breeding Passage
Algeria Vagrant Extant      
Austria Vagrant Extant   Yes  
Belarus Vagrant Extant      
Belgium Native Extant      
Bulgaria Vagrant Extant   Yes  
Canada Vagrant Extant      
Czech Republic Vagrant Extant      
Denmark Native Extant     Yes
Egypt Vagrant Extant      
Estonia Native Extant     Yes
Faroe Islands (to Denmark) Native Extant Yes    
Finland Native Extant     Yes
France Native Extant   Yes Yes
Germany Native Extant     Yes
Greenland (to Denmark) Native Extant Yes    
Hungary Vagrant Extant   Yes  
Iceland Native Extant Yes   Yes
Ireland Native Extant   Yes  
Italy Vagrant Extant      
Latvia Native Extant   Yes Yes
Montenegro Vagrant Extant      
Morocco Vagrant Extant      
Netherlands Native Extant      
Norway Native Extant Yes   Yes
Poland Native Extant   Yes  
Portugal Vagrant Extant      
Romania Vagrant Extant   Yes  
Russia (Central Asian) Vagrant Extant      
Russia (European) Native Extant Yes   Yes
Serbia Vagrant Extant      
Slovakia Vagrant Extant      
Slovenia Vagrant Extant      
Spain Vagrant Extant   Yes  
Svalbard and Jan Mayen Islands (to Norway) Native Extant Yes    
Sweden Native Extant     Yes
Switzerland Vagrant Extant      
Tunisia Vagrant Extant      
Turkey Vagrant Extant      
United Kingdom Native Extant   Yes Yes
USA Vagrant Extant      

Important Bird Areas where this species has triggered the IBA criteria

Country/Territory IBA Name IBA link
Denmark Ballum og Husum Enge, Kamper strandenge site factsheet
Denmark Bøtø Nor site factsheet
Denmark Saltholm site factsheet
Denmark Tøndermarsken, Magisterkog and Rudbøl Sø site factsheet
Denmark Vadehavet (Wadden Sea) site factsheet
Estonia Haldi coast site factsheet
Estonia Irbe strait site factsheet
Estonia Kahtla-Kübassaare site factsheet
Estonia Karala-Pilguse site factsheet
Estonia Kõrgessaare-Mudaste coast site factsheet
Estonia Küdema bay site factsheet
Estonia Lõu bay site factsheet
Estonia Luitemaa site factsheet
Estonia Pärnu bay (NEW) site factsheet
Estonia Riksu coast site factsheet
Estonia Siiksaare-Oessaare bays site factsheet
Estonia Sutu bay site factsheet
Estonia Väinameri site factsheet
Estonia Vanamõisa bay site factsheet
Estonia Vilsandi archipelago site factsheet
Finland Kirkkonummi archipelago site factsheet
Germany Jadebusen, inland site factsheet
Greenland (to Denmark) Enhjørningens Dal and Pingel Dal site factsheet
Greenland (to Denmark) Heden site factsheet
Greenland (to Denmark) Hochstetter Forland site factsheet
Greenland (to Denmark) Kjoveland site factsheet
Greenland (to Denmark) Ørsted Dal and Coloradodal site factsheet
Greenland (to Denmark) Østersletten and Knudshoved, Hold With Hope site factsheet
Greenland (to Denmark) South coast of Germania Land, and Slaedelandet site factsheet
Greenland (to Denmark) Stordal-Moskusoksefjord-Badlanddal-Loch Fyne-Myggbukta site factsheet
Greenland (to Denmark) Western part of Germania land site factsheet
Iceland Hestgerdislón-Hornafjardarfljót site factsheet
Iceland Hóp-Vatnsdalur site factsheet
Iceland Svarfadardalur site factsheet
Ireland Connemara Islands site factsheet
Latvia Irbe strait site factsheet
Lithuania Nemunas delta regional Park site factsheet
Netherlands Biesbosch site factsheet
Netherlands De Deelen site factsheet
Netherlands Dollard site factsheet
Netherlands Frisian Wadden Sea coast site factsheet
Netherlands Grevelingen site factsheet
Netherlands Groningen Wadden Sea coast site factsheet
Netherlands Groote Wielen site factsheet
Netherlands Haringvliet site factsheet
Netherlands Hollands Diep site factsheet
Netherlands Kwade Hoek site factsheet
Netherlands Lake Fluessen, Vogelhoek and Morra site factsheet
Netherlands Lake Sneekermeer and Goingarijp site factsheet
Netherlands Lake Veersemeer site factsheet
Netherlands Lake Volkerak site factsheet
Netherlands Lake Witte and Zwarte Brekken site factsheet
Netherlands Lauwersmeer site factsheet
Netherlands Oosterschelde site factsheet
Netherlands Oostvaardersplassen site factsheet
Netherlands Oude Venen site factsheet
Netherlands Oudeland van Strijen site factsheet
Netherlands Schiermonnikoog site factsheet
Netherlands Terkaplesterpoelen and Akmarijp site factsheet
Netherlands Van Oordt's Mersken site factsheet
Netherlands Wadden Sea site factsheet
Russia (European) Berezovye islands of Vyborg Bay site factsheet
Russia (European) Kanin peninsula site factsheet
Russia (European) Kolguev island site factsheet
Russia (European) Kurgalski Peninsula site factsheet
Russia (European) Olonets plain site factsheet
Russia (European) Seskar island site factsheet
Russia (European) Torna - Shoina watershed site factsheet
Russia (European) Unskaya bay site factsheet
Russia (European) Vaygach island site factsheet
Svalbard and Jan Mayen Islands (to Norway) Bjørnøya (Bear Island) site factsheet
Svalbard and Jan Mayen Islands (to Norway) Daudmannsøyra site factsheet
Svalbard and Jan Mayen Islands (to Norway) Forlandet National Park site factsheet
Svalbard and Jan Mayen Islands (to Norway) Inner parts of Kongsfjorden site factsheet
Svalbard and Jan Mayen Islands (to Norway) Nordenskiøldkysten site factsheet
Svalbard and Jan Mayen Islands (to Norway) North-west Spitsbergen National Park site factsheet
Svalbard and Jan Mayen Islands (to Norway) South Spitsbergen National Park site factsheet
Svalbard and Jan Mayen Islands (to Norway) South-east Svalbard Nature Reserve site factsheet
Sweden Älgö lera - Galtö lera site factsheet
Sweden Coastal areas of eastern Gotland island site factsheet
Sweden Coastal areas of eastern Öland island site factsheet
Sweden Lake Vendelsjön site factsheet
Sweden Ottenby site factsheet
Sweden Stornäset - Hörningsholm site factsheet
Sweden Strandstuguviken site factsheet
United Kingdom Bridgend Flats, Islay site factsheet
United Kingdom Coll site factsheet
United Kingdom Colonsay and Oronsay site factsheet
United Kingdom Eilean Hoan site factsheet
United Kingdom Eilean na Muice Duibh, Islay site factsheet
United Kingdom Eilean nan Ron site factsheet
United Kingdom Eoligarry, Barra site factsheet
United Kingdom Firth of Forth site factsheet
United Kingdom Gruinart Flats site factsheet
United Kingdom Laggan Peninsula site factsheet
United Kingdom Lindisfarne site factsheet
United Kingdom Loch of Strathbeg site factsheet
United Kingdom Monach Islands site factsheet
United Kingdom North Colonsay and Western Cliffs site factsheet
United Kingdom North Sutherland Coastal Islands site factsheet
United Kingdom North Uist Machair and Islands site factsheet
United Kingdom Rinns of Islay site factsheet
United Kingdom Shiant Isles site factsheet
United Kingdom South Walls and Switha site factsheet
United Kingdom Tiree and Coll site factsheet
United Kingdom Uists Machairs, Lochs and Coast site factsheet
United Kingdom Upper Solway Flats and Marshes site factsheet

Habitats & altitude

Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Artificial/Terrestrial Pastureland suitable non-breeding
Grassland Tundra major breeding
Marine Intertidal Mud Flats and Salt Flats suitable non-breeding
Marine Intertidal Rocky Shoreline major breeding
Marine Intertidal Salt Marshes (Emergent Grasses) suitable non-breeding
Marine Intertidal Tidepools major breeding
Altitude 0 - 0 m Occasional altitudinal limits  

Threats & impact

Threat (level 1) Threat (level 2) Impact and Stresses
Climate change & severe weather Habitat shifting & alteration Timing Scope Severity Impact
Future Whole (>90%) Unknown Unknown
Stresses
Indirect ecosystem effects, Ecosystem degradation

Utilisation

Purpose Primary form used Life stage used Source Scale Level Timing
Food (human) Whole Adults and juveniles Wild Subsistence, National Non-trivial Recent
Food (human) Whole Eggs Wild Subsistence, National Non-trivial Recent
Pets Whole Adults and juveniles Wild International Non-trivial Recent
Other household goods Whole Adults and juveniles Wild Subsistence, National Non-trivial Historical
Other household goods Whole Adults and juveniles Wild International Non-trivial Historical

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2014) Species factsheet: Branta leucopsis. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 22/07/2014. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2014) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 22/07/2014.

This information is based upon, and updates, the information published in BirdLife International (2000) Threatened birds of the world. Barcelona and Cambridge, UK: Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, BirdLife International (2004) Threatened birds of the world 2004 CD-ROM and BirdLife International (2008) Threatened birds of the world 2008 CD-ROM. These sources provide the information for species accounts for the birds on the IUCN Red List.

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Key facts
Current IUCN Red List category Least Concern
Family Anatidae (Ducks, geese and swans)
Species name author (Bechstein, 1803)
Population size mature individuals
Population trend Increasing
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 82,800 km2
Country endemic? No
Links to further information
- Summary information on this species