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Bird Sightings : Hebrides : Richardson's Canada Goose

 

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Richardson's Canada Goose

(Baffin Island Goose)

Branta canadensis hutchinsii

 

  • Richardson's Canada Goose (Baffin Island Goose)
  • Branta canadensis hutchinsii
  • WI: Vagrant (less than 5 records)
  • Breeds: Arctic Canadian Islands & Canadian Coast east to Baffin Island, Western Greenland.
  • Winters: USA, Mexico coast
  • Slightly larger than mallard. Smaller than Canada Goose. Bill short & stubby. Breast pale to dark brownish. Short-legged.

 

There are seven subspecies of the Canada Goose, of varying sizes and with minor variations of plumage. There is a very useful photograph with accompanying notes comparing the Canada Goose with the subspecies at the Ocean Wanderers web site.

See also Canada Geese

 

Richardson's Canada Goose records in the Western Isles

Rare vistor (less than 5 records)

Most Canada Goose records are the large species Branta canadensis, and are escapes or from feral naturalized populations down south (Domestic flocks gone wild)


The chart below shows how abundant the Richardson's Canada Goose is during a month or when you are more likely to see it.

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