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Red-Breasted Goose Fact Sheet

  • Latin Name

    Branta ruficollis
  • Class

    Birds
  • Order

    Anseriformes
  • Range

    The species breeds in northern Russia and winters in dense roosting colonies in Bulgaria and Romania.

  • Habitat

    The red-breasted goose nests in the Arctic tundra, but spends winters feeding on natural grasslands.

  • Niche

    The red-breasted goose feeds on grasses, leafs and seeds.

  • Life History

    The species deliberately locates its nest near peregrine falcon and snowy owl habitats. These predators prey on species, such as the Arctic fox, that would threaten the red-breasted goose and its offspring.

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