A small goose found along the coast of Canada in winter migrating North in Summer. The goose has a characteristic white ring around the neck. Feeds mostly on eelgrass.

How to Identify?

I know of three different geese in eastern Canada. Brant is most similar to the Canada Goose. I identify Brant by the characteristic white ring around the black neck. The head of the Brant is completely black while the head of the Canada Goose is black with white cheeks.

We combine physical characterics and behavior patterns with location and seasonal aspects to identify species.

Where & When to Spot?

I saw flocks of Brants along the coast at Tadoussac in mid spring. I assume that later of the year they migrate North as in Summer, I haven't seen Brants in Tadoussac anymore.

With each photo, we store date and geo-location providing us data about location and season of observation. We also use a tracking utility to save observations in the field when there was no opportunity to take a good shot.

Anything to add, to correct?

Common Names

Ringelgans [de]
Brant [en]
Barnacla carinegra [es]
Bernache cravant [fr]

Source: Wikipedia

Scientific Name

Branta bernicla


brant, birds, branta, branta bernicla, waterfowl, geese

Similar Species

Canada Goose