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Black Brant

A rare sub-species of the more familiar Brent goose that originates from the Canadian Arctic

Photograph by: 
Debby Saunders

See the nature notes for the Brent goose for information about this species


Common Name Black Brant
Alternative Name(s) Pacific brent goose
Scientific Name Branta bernicla nigricans
Species Group Birds Geese
Status Rare
Interest Level
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A very dark coloured vsersion of the more familiar Brent goose

Identification Notes

  • This is a rare species and and difficult to distinguish from the brent goose

  • If you see one try and get a second opinion if you can and/or try to get the best photograph you can

  • Be sure to report the sighting to the Dorset Bird Club saying where you saw it and why you think it was this species

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Additional Identification Notes
Similar Species

The records for this species have been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Notebook Distribution Map Sites List Some Charts Some Photographs Recent Records Guidance Notes

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Birds Geese