Branta bernicla hrota

Common Names: Atlantic brant, Pale-bellied brant goose, light-bellied brant goose, Brant goose
Category: Birds
Sub-category: Ducks, Geese, & Swans

It breeds in Franz Josef Land, Svalbard, Greenland and northeastern Canada, wintering in Denmark, northeast England, Ireland and the Atlantic coast of the U.S. from Maine to Georgia. The Pale-bellied Brant Goose appears blackish-brown and light gray in color. The body is different shades of gray-brown all over, the flanks and belly are significantly paler than the back and present a marked contrast. The head and neck are black, with a small white patch on either side of the neck.

It used to be a strictly coastal bird in winter, seldom leaving tidal estuaries. In recent decades, it has started using agricultural land a short distance inland, feeding extensively on grass and winter-sown cereals.

Edible Notes: Brants are reported as edible though sources vary widely on how good they taste. Some reports suggest that the diet of the brant greatly affects flavor.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.