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Lesser White-fronted Goose - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Peter de Haas
Junam Korea
Anser erythropus


Photo © by Kudryavtsev
Yamal, Siberia, July 2007

56–66 cm (22-26 in) length and with a 116–135 cm wingspan

  • Bright orange legs
  • Greyish-brown upper wing-coverts
  • Yellow eye-ring
  • White facial blaze goes up to the fore-crown
  • Small pink triangular bill
  • Black markings on belly
  • Wing tips extend beyond tail
  • In flight, tail shows narrow black and broad white band
  • In flight, wings show a paler area in the hand that may flash silvery if the light is right

Similar Species

Generally smaller than the Greater White-fronted Goose, though there can be some overlap. Belly markings are more obvious on Greater. Distribution of black and white in the tail might be reversed on Greater.


Breeds in arctic Eurasia; winters to southern Europe, India and China
Accidental on Attu Island, Alaska (1 record).


This is a monotypic species[1].


Breeds in low-arctic open tundra or forest-tundra around mountain lakes.



They are apparently mainly vegetarian, eating grass and other plants, but there is little confirmed data available.


Call is more high-pitched than Greater


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Collins Pocket Guide to British Birds 1966
  3. Collins Field Guide 5th Edition
  4. Collins Bird Guide ISBN 0 00 219728 6
  5. Birdforum thread discussing atypical Greater White-fronted Goose with features suggesting Lesser
  6. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved December 2016)

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