Red-Breasted Goose
Branta ruficollis

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Range and habitat:
The Red-breasted goose breeds in Arctic Siberia and winters in southeastern Europe.

Natural diet:
Red-breasted geese are vegetarians, eating mostly various grasses and herbs.

Size / weight range:
Males of the species weigh 1,300 to 1,600 grams (2.9 to 3.5 pounds), while females weigh around 1,150 grams (about 2.5 pounds). Both males and females have a black head and back with a chestnut colored breast that's broken up by bands of white.

Interesting facts:
This species is endangered. Over 80% of the population roost during winter at only five sites.
Red-breasted geese nest in close vicinity to Peregrine Falcons. This is thought to have evolved as an anti-fox adaptation. The Peregrine falcon population decline has been suggested as a possible explanation of the decline of Red-breasted geese.

Location at The Toledo Zoo:
Waterfowl pool in Skeldon Plaza

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