General description.

The Brant is a small goose (22-26 inches) with black upperparts and a partial white ring around its neck. The underparts of the Brant are a light brown, with a whitish brown-barred belly. There is a distinctive white patch on the rump which contrasts with the Brant's black tail in flight. There are two separate races of this tundra species in North America. The Brant that inhabits the Western region of the continent has a darker belly than it's Eastern relative. The Brant inhabits various environments from tundra and coastal islands to marshes. They feed primarily on vegetable matter and, because of a highly developed salt gland, possess the extraordinary ability to drink salt water.

Female appearance.

Female similar to male

Juvenile appearance.

Juvenile has paler belly and lacks white ring around neck.

Flight pattern.

Flight is direct with strong wing beats. The Brant flies in bunches where there appears to be no leader and no organization.

Breeding habits.

Monogamous, loosely colonial. The Brant mates for life.

Calls or song.

c-r-r-r-onk or crrr-ronk

Population and distribution.

Common and local

Nesting habits.

22-26 day incubation by female. When incubating, the Brant will stretch her neck out to lay flat and blend in with the atmosphere. Brant young are tended to by male and female.
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