Branta bernicla | Brant

Brant, photo by Alex Wang


The brant is a small, short-legged and stubby-billed goose, inclusive of three subspecies which each possess slight variations in color. In general, all three subspecies have a blackish head, neck, and tail, with lighter gray or brown wings, back, and underside, and distinct white markings, including a large white patch on its rear and small white patches on either side of the neck just below the head.