Black Brant or Pacific Brent Goose

Black Brant Geese (Branta bernicla nigricans)

The Black Brant Geese or Pacific Brent Goose, Branta bernicla nigricans, is a sub-species of the Brent Goose.


These geese breed in Alaska and winter in Baja California.

Black Brant
Black Brant



Population Status and Conservation

There are an estimated 115,000 black brant in the world and about 14,000 are taken each year by hunters.

Fox predation of eggs is thought to be significant and, in 2006, the U.S. began a 5-year fox removal program. The population has been as high as 200,000; in 1981. In 1987, it was as low as 100,000.

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