Red-breasted Goose Branta ruficollis

Family: Anatidae (Ducks, Geese, Swans)

Authority: (Pallas, 1769)

Red List Category

Criteria: A2bcd+3bcd+4bcd

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Justification of Red List category
This species has a moderately small population which appears to be declining over a short time period. The reasons for this decline are largely unknown. Trend calculations are complicated by interannual variation in survey coverage and reporting across its range. Small populations of other Arctic breeding geese have shown dramatic population fluctuations and this may prove to be the case for this species. The species is precautionarily listed as Vulnerable, however if it is found that recent increases are genuine and not a result of improved monitoring efforts or range shifts the species may warrant further downlisting.

Population size: unknown

Population trend: decreasing

Extent of occurrence (breeding/resident): 1,140,000 km2

Country endemic: no

Land-mass type - continent
Realm - Palearctic
IUCN Ecosystem -- Freshwater biome
IUCN Ecosystem -- Terrestrial biome
IUCN Ecosystem -- Marine biome

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Species factsheet: Branta ruficollis. Downloaded from on 21/02/2024.
Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2024) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 21/02/2024.