Lesser White-fronted Goose: here’s the scoop


The global population of the lesser white-fronted goose has declined rapidly since the middle of the 20th century. The decrease in numbers has led to a fragmentation of the breeding range. This population suffers from illegal hunting, habitat loss, and predation.


Lesser White-fronted Goose

Scientific name

Anser erythropus


This species is full migratory. It breeds in regions with forest tundra surrounding bogs and lakes and winters on grassland and lake shores.


Feeds on grasses, roots, stems, leaves, fruits, aquatic plants and terrestrial plants. During the winter this species supplements its diet with winter agricultural grains.

life expectancy

15 years

Did you know?

Waterfowl replace all of their feathers with new plumage at least once a year. While feathers are remarkably durable, they eventually wear out over time. Adults of this species undergo a post-breeding flightless summer moult while remaining in their breeding range. 


There are three main sub-populations in central Russia, East Asia and Europe

Conservation status


Likely to become endangered unless circumstances improve