Branta leucopsis

Common Names: Barnacle goose
Category: Birds
Sub-category: Ducks, Geese, & Swans

Belongs to the genus Branta of black geese, which contains species with largely black plumage, distinguishing them from the grey Anser species. The Barnacle Goose is a medium-sized goose, 22-28 inches long, with a wingspan of 51-57 inches and a body mass of 2.7-4.9 lbs. It has a white face and black head, neck, and upper breast. Its belly is white. The wings and its back are silver-gray with black-and-white bars that look like they are shining when the light reflects on it. During flight a V-shaped white rump patch and the silver-gray underwing linings are visible.

Edible Notes: Reported to be edible and similar to Canada goose. They likely have strong game flavor compared to the domestic goose. They lack the fat of a domestic goose and require barding or larding when cooking.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.
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