Red-breasted Goose: here’s the scoop


Hunting, land development, and habitat loss have negatively impacted this species. Climate change and associated habitat shifts are expected to have further impact on this species and others dependent on tundra habitat for breeding. Models indicate that 67% of the habitat for this species could be lost by 2070.

Committed to Conservation

The Buttonwood Park Zoo participates in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan (SSP) for Red-breasted Geese. The goal of the SSP is to cooperatively manage animal populations within AZA accredited zoos to ensure the sustainability of a healthy and genetically diverse population while enhancing the conservation of this species in the wild.


Red-breasted Goose

Scientific name

Branta ruficollis


Breeds in tundra or scrubby wooded tundra in close proximity to rivers. Prefers high and dry areas on steep river banks, low hills, and rock outcrops. During the non-breeding season it inhabits open steppe and rolling lowland hills.


Grasses, leaves and seeds

life expectancy

12 – 15 years

Did you know?

This species often nests close to nests of birds of prey, such as snowy owls, peregrine falcons and rough-legged buzzards, which helps to protect this small goose from mammalian predators such as the arctic fox.


Siberia and northern Russia in the summer breeding season. Migrates to the Black Sea coast during winter.

Conservation status


Likely to become endangered unless circumstances improve