|Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons)
(aka White-fronted Goose)
|WWT Barnes, London, England
The Greater White-fronted Goose breeds in the tundra especially close to lakes and rivers. During the winter they fly south into Europe, Asia and North America. There are two sub-species that winter in Europe. The nominate sub-species, A. a. albifrons, breeds in western Siberia and winters in continental Europe and England. The Greenland sub-species, A. a. flavirostris, breeds in western Greenland and winters in Ireland and Scotland. There are major concentrations on Islay.
|Principal identification features are the white round the base of the bill and the large, irregular black patches on the belly.|