Head and body length: 53 - 56 cm, wingspan: 84 - 87.2 cm
1.1 - 1.6 kg
Estimated at 37,300
Nesting habitat is tundra; forages for food in land cultivated for grain, pastures and natural grasslands
Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia, 647483 Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia, 647483 Black Sea
How do you outfox a fox? The red-breasted goose sometimes manages to foil its old adversary, the Arctic fox, by nesting near the peregrine falcon. The falcon repels approaching foxes, which makes a safer home for the goose. Having a bodyguard is especially useful in the summer; geese arrive at their breeding grounds in June as the snow melts, nesting in colonies of five to six pairs, and the new families are particularly vulnerable until the chicks fledge. But foxes aren't the only threat to goose; faced with hunting, habitat loss and recent reductions in winter wheat, survival has never been trickier.