Anser erythropus   (Linnaeus,   1758) (Bird)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Aves

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Size: 53 cm

Color: Like the Whitefronted, but considerably smaller, dark brown, also with blotchy black bars on lower breast and belly, with a round shaped head and proportionately much shorter pink bill. The more extensive white forehead patch, reaching to top of head between the eyes, and the conspicuous swollen ring of yellow skin around the eye. Iris brown. Bill pink. Legs orange-yellow. Sexes alike

Habits: Usually congregates in large flocks in its regular winter quaters

Synonym (s)
Anas erythropus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Common Name (s)
• Lesser White-fronted Goose (English)
• Dwarf Goose (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Threats:  Natural threats
(The species may also be threatened by nest predation from the Red Fox Vulpes vulpes)
Threats:  Anthropogenic
(Breeding Disturbance on breeding grounds, habitat destruction, illegal killing are major threats to this species.)

Habitat:  Estuarine, Muddy
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Prey:  The species is herbivorous
IUCN Status:  Vulnerable


• Kashmir (Lat: 34.30) (Long: 76.81) INDIA
• Uttar Pradesh INDIA
• Bihar (Lat: 26.11) (Long: 85.28) INDIA
• Assam INDIA
• Maharashtra, Puna (Lat: 18.52) (Long: 73.85) INDIA
• Bengal INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • (2003) IUCN Red list of threatened species Available at -
  • Myers, P; Espinosa, R; Parr, CS; Jones, T; Hammond, GS and Dewey, TA (2006) Animal diversity web Available at -
  • Avibase- the world database Available at -
  • Kumar A, sati JP and Tak CK (2003) Checklist of Indian Waterbids Buceros Envis Newsletter: Avian ecology and inland wetlands 8(1) 30pp Available at -
  • Vernacular names of the Birds of the Indian Subcontinent Buceros, Envis newsletter: Avian Ecology & Inland Wetlands 62pp Available at -
  • Standardized English names of the Birds of the Indian Subcontinent ENVIS Newsletter: Avian Ecology and Inland Wetland 55pp 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 -
  • Ali S and Ripley SD (1968) Handbook of the birds of India and Pakistan Oxford university press 1 1-368pp Available at - NIO

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