Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus

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.


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


Length: 61-76cm Wingspan: 1.5m Weight: 2.5kg Average Lifespan: 8 years


Classified in the UK as an Amber List species under the Birds of Conservation Concern review.


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 see

October – March


In the UK, 372,000 individuals spend the winter on wetland and farmland habitats – that’s 90% of the world’s population!

Common name

Pink-footed Goose

Species name

Anser brachyrhynchus

When to see in Scotland

October – March

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