832. Branta leucopsis

832. BERNACLE GOOSE.
BRANTA LEUCOPSIS.
Branta leucopsis (Bechst.), Orn. Taschenb, ii. p. 424 (1803) ; (Naum.) xi. p. 378, Taf, 291 ; (Gould), B. of E. v. pl. 350 ; (id.), B. of Gt. Brit. v. pl. 7 ; (Dresser), vi. p. 397, pl. 415, fig. 1 ; Salvadori, Cat. B. Br. Mus. xxvii. p. 117 ; (Saunders), p. 409 ; (Lilford), vii. p. 69, pl. 26 ; Ridgway, p. 117.
Oie-bernache, French ; Weisswangengans, German ; Brandgans, Dutch ; Bramgaas, Dan. ; Hvidkindet Gaas, Norw. ; Hvitkindad Gas, Swed.
Ad. (Holland). Hind-crown, lores, nape, hind-neck, breast, and upper back deep black ; rest of the head and upper throat white ; back-feathers with scapulars and wing-coverts bluish grey narrowly tipped with white and subterminally barred with black ; rump black ; the sides and tail- coverts white ; quills and tail black ; under parts white, the flanks in¬distinctly barred with greyish ; bill and legs black ; iris dark brown. Culmen 1.65, wing 15.8, tail 5.9, tarsus 2.85 inch.
Hab. Arctic Europe, in winter migrating south to the shores of the British Islands, Scandinavia, and northern continental Europe, rarely to southern Europe ; as a straggler occurring on the Atlantic coasts of North America from Hudson’s Bay to North Carolina.
In general habits it does not differ from the Brent Goose. It is during the summer a more boreal species and scarcely anything is known respecting its nidification, but it probably breeds in Greenland. I possess two eggs from the most northern of the Lofoten Islands, laid by a wounded bird, which in colour resemble those of B. bernicla but are rougher in texture of shell, and measure 2.64 by 1.82 and 2.62 by 1.76 respectively.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 2. 1903.
Title in Book: 
832. Branta leucopsis
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
832
Year: 
1903
Page No: 
596
Common name: 
Bernacle Goose
M_ID: 
309
M_CN: 
Barnacle Goose
M_SN: 
Branta leucopsis
Volume: 
Vol. 2
id: 
10011

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