Tundra Bean Goose

Anser serrirostris (Gould, 1852) XR 1574
Family: Anseriformes > Anatidae

Tundra Bean Goose, Brendan Doe

Breeding in northern Siberia, the Tundra Bean Goose is a winter visitor to the UK in varying numbers.

Occurring in small groups, the appearance of Tundra Bean Geese in the UK is erratic but usually associated with cold weather on the Continent. Reflecting its Siberian origin, numbers of Tundra Bean Geese are higher in eastern England than elsewhere in the UK but, even in the east, single birds or small flocks of 10 or fewer are the norm.

BirdTrack records reveal a distinct peak in sightings during February and, whilst the species is particularly associated with eastern England, individuals can be found anywhere, particularly during cold weather when birds may move further south and west.

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Tundra Bean Goose identification is often difficult. The following article may help when identifying Tundra Bean Goose.

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Listen to example recordings of the main vocalisations of Tundra Bean Goose, provided by xeno-canto contributors.

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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.


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Small, but regular, numbers of Tundra Bean Geese are recorded each winter and these tend to be related to cold-weather movements from the near continent. The winter distribution map from 2007–11 shows concentrations along the British east coast, the Northern Isles, the Lancashire coast and inland around the Fens.

Occupied 10-km squares in UK


Tundra Bean Goose has only recently been recognised as a full species meaning we cannot measure of map changes in distribution.


Tundra Bean Goose is a winter visitor, with numbers varying from year to year.

Weekly occurence of Tundra Bean Goose from BirdTrack
Weekly occurrence patterns (shaded cells) and reporting rates (vertical bars) based on BirdTrack data. Reporting rates give the likelihood of encountering the species each week.


Information about movement and migration based on online bird portals (e.g. BirdTrack), Ringing schemes and tracking studies.


View a summary of recoveries in the Online Ringing Report.


Lifecycle and body size information about Tundra Bean 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.


For information in another language (where available) click on a linked name

Welsh: Gwydd Llafur y Twndra
Danish: Tundrasædgås
Dutch: Toendrarietgans
French: Oie de la toundra
German: Tundrasaatgans
Italian: Oca granaiola della tundra
Latvian: tundras zoss
Lithuanian: tundrine želmenine žasis
Norwegian: Tundrasædgås
Polish: ges tundrowa
Slovak: hus tundrová
Swedish: tundrasädgås

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