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2012-02-11
How old was the oldest recorded Pink-footed Goose.


The oldest recordedPink-footed Goose - Anser brachyrhynchus – was 40 years 11 months.

They breed in eastern Greenland, Iceland and Svalbard and winter in northwest Europe, Britain, Netherlands and Denmark.

It is a medium-sized goose, with a short bill, bright pink in the middle with a black base and tip, and pink feet. The body is mid grey-brown, the head and neck a richer, darker brown, the rump and vent white, and the tail grey with a broad white tip.

Populations have risen spectacularly over the last 50 years, due largely to increased protection from shooting on the wintering grounds. Numbers wintering in Great Britain have risen almost tenfold from 30,000 in 1950 to 292,000 in October 2004. The numbers wintering in Denmark and the Netherlands have also risen, with about 34,000 in 1993.

 


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