Branta hutchinsii (Richardson, 1832)
Family: Anseriformes > Anatidae
A small version of the Canada Goose, this extremely rare visitor from North America was only recognized by taxonomists relatively recently.
This species was added to the British List in 2016 on the basis of a bird seen at Plex Moss, Lancashire, in November 1976. The species breeds in northern North America and winters further south in Canada and the USA.
A handful of individuals are thought to reach Britain & Ireland annually as vagrants, wintering among Barnacle Geese in north-west Scotland and western Ireland.
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Status and Trends
Population size and trends and patterns of distribution based on BTO surveys and atlases with data collected by BTO volunteers.
This species is a rare vagrant and was recorded during Bird Atlas 2007–11 as shown on the map.
Occupied 10-km squares in UK
|No. occupied in winter||18|
|% occupied in winter||0.6|
This vagrant is too rarely reported to map distribution change.
Information about movement and migration based on online bird portals (e.g. BirdTrack), Ringing schemes and tracking studies.
Lifecycle and body size information about Cackling Goose, including statistics on nesting, eggs and lifespan based on BTO ringing and nest recording data.
Sample sizes are too small to report Productivity and Nesting statistics for this species.
|Field Codes||2-letter: LQ | 5-letter code: LECGO | Euring: 1664|
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