Pink-footed Goose

Anser brachyrhynchus

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The Pink-footed Goose is one of our smaller geese, with a relatively short neck, rounded head and short bill. A common winter visitor, numbers of Pink-footed Geese are at an all-time high thanks to conservation work both here and on their breeding grounds.

How to identify

A small, grey goose, with a short, pink bill and pink legs.

Where to find it

Only found here in the winter. Birds that nest in Greenland and Iceland spend the winter in Scotland, North West England and East Anglia.


When to find it

  • October
  • November
  • December
  • January
  • February
  • March

How can people help

Britain is an important stopover for many wintering migrant species, so it is vital that we protect the places they rely on. But the survival of our waterbirds is threatened by the loss and degradation of many of our wetland habitats. The Wildlife Trusts manage many wetland nature reserves for the benefit of the wildlife they support. You can help by supporting your local Trust and becoming a member; you'll find out about exciting wildlife happenings, events on your doorstep and volunteering opportunities, and be helping local wildlife along the way.

Species information

Common name
Pink-footed Goose
Latin name
Anser brachyrhynchus
Length: 61-76cm Wingspan: 1.5m Weight: 2.5kg Average Lifespan: 8 years
Conservation status
Classified in the UK as an Amber List species under the Birds of Conservation Concern review.