The Red-Breasted Goose (Branta ruficollis) is a bird.
The Red-Breasted Goose has dark feathers with white patches and a rufous (red-brown) chest. It has a dark-grey beak and dark-grey legs.
It measures 53-56 centimetres (21-22 inches) tall, with a wingspan of 116-135 centimetres (45-53 inches).
The Red-Breasted Goose is native to Europe and Asia, from Spain to Siberia. Many migrate to the Black Sea in Bulgaria, Romania, and Ukraine. It prefers dry shrublands and tundra.
It eats grass, leaves, and seeds.
It nests in colonies of 8 individuals close to the nests of birds of prey, such as eagles and buzzards, on cliff edges for protection.
The female lays 3-8 eggs, and the male protects them. The eggs hatch after about 25 days.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM