Brant Goose

About the Brant Goose

Also known as: Brant, Brent, Brent Goose, American Brant, Atlantic Brent, Black Brant, Black Brent, Dark-bellied Brent, Dark-bellied Brant, Pale-bellied Brant Goose, Light-bellied Brent, Pacific Brent, Russian Brent, White-bellied Brant, White-bellied Brent

The Brant Goose is a species of goose that has three distinct subspecies. They are fairly widespread across the northern hemisphere.

American birds are known as "Brant Goose" or simply "Brant" and are of the "Black Brant" subspecies. The other two subspecies are generally known as "Brent" or "Brent Goose" in their range over parts of Europe and Asia. The subspecies are Dark-bellied and Pale-bellied and are occasionally sighted in North America.

The Brant Goose is traditionally a coastal species outside of breeding season, but in recent years has taken to feeding on agricultural lands with other species of goose. The global population of this species has risen dramatically during the mid-to-late twentieth century.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 19 December 2011
Scientific Name
Branta bernicla
  • Anseriformes
  • Anatidae
  • Branta
  • B. bernicla
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 6 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
22 to 26 inches
42 to 48 inches
30 to 78 ounces


International Names

Czech (Cesky) berneška tmavá
Danish (Dansk) Knortegås
Dutch (Nederlands) Rotgans
Finnish (Suomi) sepelhanhi
French (Français) Bernache cravant
German (Deutsch) Ringelgans
Italian (Italiano) Oca colombaccio
Japanese (日本語) コクガン (kokugan)
Korean (한국어) 흑기러기
Norwegian (Norsk) Ringgås
Polish (Polski) bernikla obrożna
Russian (русский язык) Чёрная казарка
Spanish (Español) Barnacla Carinegra
Swedish (Svenska) Prutgås
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