Branta ruficollis   (Pallas,  1769) (Bird)
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Class: Aves

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Size: 61cm

Adult: Sexes alike; an unmistakable black and chestnut goose with striking white marking and black bill and legs; crown, nape, sides of neck and back black;cheek patch, foreneck and breast reddish-chestnut; a prominent white patch between bill and eyes. The cheek patch is surrounded by white,which descends in a line down to the neck; a white band separates the chestnut breast from the black belly; flanks, vent, upper and undertail-coverts white. Juvenile: With black parts browner and duller and the chestnut parts paler and more cinnamon.

Voice: Kik-yoik, kik-yik in flight

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Red-breasted Goose (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Threats:  Anthropogenic
(hunting and land privatization)

Habitat:  Coastal
Trophic Level:  Consumer
IUCN Status:  Endangered


• Madhya Pradesh INDIA
• Assam (Lat: 26.21) (Long: 92.93) INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Kumar, A; Sati, JP; Tak, PC and Alfred, JRB (2005) Handbook on Indian wetland birds and their conservation Zoological Survey of India, Dehra Dun 468 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Vernacular names of the Birds of the Indian Subcontinent Buceros, Envis newsletter: Avian Ecology & Inland Wetlands 62pp Available at -
  • Manakadan R and Pittie A (2001) Standardized English names of the Birds of the Indian Subcontinent BUCEROS Envis Newsletter: Avian ecology and inland wetland 6(1) 26pp Available at -
  • (2003) IUCN Red list of threatened species Available at -
  • PBase Available at -

Page last updated on:2013-03-07

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