Brant (Branta bernicla)

The brant’s name comes from the Ancient Norse ‘brandgas’, meaning ‘burnt goose’, referring to the dark colouration of this northern goose.


The brant breeds on the Arctic coast, throughout the High Arctic islands, and in Siberia. There are several different populations of the Brant, each of which winters in a different location. The two western groups migrate to different portions of the Pacific coast of the United States; the eastern Low Arctic group flies south to the Atlantic coast of southern Canada and New England; while the eastern High Arctic geese travel via Greenland to Ireland to winter!

For a complete species account, visit the Arctic section.