Common name: Red breasted goose
Scientific name: Branta ruficollis
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Genus: Branta
Species: Branta ruficollis 
Have you ever heard of a red-breasted goose? They are 53 to 56 cm. in length and weigh about 3 pounds. They are colored red, white, and black. Some of their characteristics are that they have a white stripe going down their sides to near the end of their stomach. The red is on the sides of the head, the breast, and on the neck, the wings, back, and belly. Red-breasted geese are found in Europe. The red-breasted goose lives in the tundras and agriculture land. They visit lakes, deltas, and costal lagoons during the winter. The red breasted geese like colder areas. The population of the Red-breasted goose is about 100,000. Plus the population is growing. Helping the population grow, are breeders. Because of breeders, the population of red-breasted geese grows more and more every day. However, during the winter there are fewer red-breasted geese in some countries then there are in other places during the rest of the year. In the food web, red breasted geese are not too low, but not too high up.
One of the animals that eat the red-breasted goose is the arctic fox. The arctic fox is gray and white. There are only a few places, in some countries, where the red-breasted goose lay their eggs. They usually feed on grasslands near by. Breeding occurs in colonies in the tundra near the coast. When the babies are hatched, they are different shades of gray, white, and occasionally black. Their red shows up later in their life. Red breasted geese usually lay their eggs near birds of prey, but not too close. Like peregrines. The red-breasted geese warn the animal they nest near of a predator and the animal will chase off the predator. So all in all, it works out. A few tings I found interesting are, how they lay their eggs near birds of prey. The web sites that I went to said that this was very unusual and not like many other birds. Another thing that I found interesting was how when their babies hatch they are different colors than later on in their life. The one other thing that I found interesting was that they live in colder areas instead of warmer areas.
Author: Sharlee Y
Published: February 2007
Photo Credit: Red-breasted Goose at Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands Centre, Gloucestershire, England, Taken by Adrian Pingstone in February 2004 and released to the public domain
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