Red-breasted Goose Branta ruficollis


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Further resources

IUCN SSC Goose Specialist Group

IUCN SSC Threatened Waterfowl Specialist Group

Detailed species account from Birds in Europe: population estimates, trends and conservation status (BirdLife International 2004)

Detailed species account from European Red List of Birds (BirdLife International 2015)

Detailed species accounts from the Threatened birds of Asia: the BirdLife International Red Data Book (BirdLife International 2001).

International Action Plan

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Media resources

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BirdLife International (2023) Species factsheet: Branta ruficollis. Downloaded from on 30/09/2023. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2023) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 30/09/2023.