Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Aves > Order: Anseriformes > Family: Anatidae > Genus: Anser > Species: Anser erythropus

Lesser White-fronted Goose - Anser erythropus (Linnaeus, 1758)

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Quick facts

Threat status Europe Endangered (IUCN)
Protected by EU Birds Directive and 5 other international agreements
Reported as invasive by NOBANIS
Breeding habitats
  • heathland and shrub
  • rivers and lakes
Wintering habitats
  • cropland
  • grassland
  • rivers and lakes
  • wetlands
Natura 2000 species code A042

Distribution

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Threat and conservation status

IUCN Red List status of threatened species

The IUCN Red List threat status assesses the risk of extinction.

IUCN Red List Category
Not Evaluated
Near Threatened
Regionally Extinct
Not Applicable
Vulnerable
Extinct in the Wild
Data Deficient
Endangered
Extinct
Least Concern
Critically Endangered

EU conservation status

The EU conservation status is assessed for species mentioned in the EU Habitats Directive annexes. The EU Habitats Directive does not cover this species.

Natura 2000 sites

Protected in the following Natura 2000 sites

Sitecode Country Site name Action
BE2500831 Belgium Ijzervallei Map
DE2121401 Germany Unterelbe Map
DE2709401 Germany Rheiderland Map
DE2948401 Germany Schorfheide-Chorin Map
DE2951401 Germany Unteres Odertal Map
DE3036401 Germany Unteres Elbtal Map
DE3339402 Germany Niederung der Unteren Havel Map
DE3437401 Germany Elbaue Jerichow Map
DE3450401 Germany Märkische Schweiz Map
DE3532401 Germany Vogelschutzgebiet Drömling Map
DE3642401 Germany Rietzer See Map
DE4137401 Germany Wulfener Bruch und Teichgebiet Osternienburg Map
DE4139401 Germany Mittlere Elbe einschließlich Steckby-Lödderitzer Forst Map
DE4142401 Germany Mündungsgebiet der Schwarzen Elster Map
DE4203401 Germany Vogelschutzgebiet 'Unterer Niederrhein' Map
ES0000024 Spain Doñana Map
GR1110006 Greece DELTA EVROU Map
GR1130010 Greece LIMNES VISTONIS, ISMARIS - LIMNOTHALASSES PORTO LAGOS, ALYKI PTELEA, XIROLIMNI, KARATZA Map
GR1150001 Greece DELTA NESTOU KAI LIMNOTHALASSES KERAMOTIS KAI NISOS THASOPOULA Map
GR1260008 Greece TECHNITI LIMNI KERKINIS - OROS KROUSIA Map
GR2440005 Greece KATO ROUS KAI EKVOLES SPERCHEIOU POTAMOU Map
HUBF30002 Hungary Balaton Map
HUBF30003 Hungary Kis-Balaton Map
HUBN10001 Hungary Bodrogzug–Kopasz-hegy–Taktaköz Map
HUBN10004 Hungary Hevesi-sík Map
HUBN10005 Hungary Kesznyéten Map
HUDD10012 Hungary Balatoni berkek Map
HUDI10005 Hungary Sárvíz völgye Map
HUDI10006 Hungary Tatai Öreg-tó Map
HUDI10007 Hungary Velencei-tó és Dinnyési-Fertő Map
HUDI10008 Hungary Ipoly völgye Map
HUDI30002 Hungary Zámolyi-medence Map
HUFH10001 Hungary Fertő tó Map
HUFH30005 Hungary Hanság Map
HUHN10002 Hungary Hortobágy Map
HUHN10003 Hungary Bihar Map
HUKM10002 Hungary Kis-Sárrét Map
HUKN10002 Hungary Kiskunsági szikes tavak és az őrjegi turjánvidék Map
HUKN10007 Hungary Alsó-Tisza-völgy Map
IT3330005 Italy Foce dell'Isonzo - Isola della Cona Map
IT3330006 Italy Valle Cavanata e Banco Mula di Muggia Map
IT51A0013 Italy Padule della Trappola, Bocca d'Ombrone Map
LV0303500 Latvia Pape Map
NL1000015 Netherlands Haringvliet Map
NL9802012 Netherlands Lauwersmeer Map
NL9802103 Netherlands Oudeland van Strijen Map
NL9910002 Netherlands Zwanenwater & Pettemerduinen Map
SKCHVU024 Slovakia Senianske rybníky Map
BG0000270 Bulgaria Atanasovsko ezero Map
DE3453422 Germany Mittlere Oderniederung Map
DE3744421 Germany Nuthe-Nieplitz-Niederung Map
BG0002009 Bulgaria Zlatiyata Map
GR1130009 Greece LIMNES KAI LIMNOTHALASSES TIS THRAKIS - EVRYTERI PERIOCHI KAI PARAKTIA ZONI Map
SKUEV0125 Slovakia Gajarské alúvium Moravy Map
DE6116450 Germany Hessisches Ried mit Kühkopf-Knoblochsaue Map
DE3242421 Germany Rhin-Havelluch Map
GR2440002 Greece KOILADA KAI EKVOLES SPERCHEIOU - MALIAKOS KOLPOS Map
DE2649421 Germany Uckerniederung Map
BG0002024 Bulgaria Ribarnitsi Mechka Map
DE2751421 Germany Randow-Welse-Bruch Map
BG0000273 Bulgaria Burgasko ezero Map
BG0002083 Bulgaria Svishtovsko-Belenska nizina Map
DE4151421 Germany Spreewald und Lieberoser Endmoräne Map
DE4148421 Germany Luckauer Becken Map
BG0002010 Bulgaria Yazovir Pyasachnik Map
GR1110007 Greece DELTA EVROU KAI DYTIKOS VRACHIONAS Map
DE3542421 Germany Mittlere Havelniederung Map
GR1260001 Greece LIMNI KERKINI - KROUSIA - KORYFES OROUS BELES, ANGISTRO - CHAROPO Map
BG0000152 Bulgaria Pomoriysko ezero Map
ROSPA0010 Romania Bistreţ Map
ROSPA0059 Romania Lacul Strachina Map
ROSPA0073 Romania Măcin - Niculiţel Map
ROSPA0097 Romania Pescăria Cefa - Pădurea Rădvani Map
ROSPA0031 Romania Delta Dunării şi Complexul Razim - Sinoie Map
ROSPA0042 Romania Eleşteele Jijiei şi Miletinului Map
ROSPA0065 Romania Lacurile Fundata - Amara Map
ROSPA0061 Romania Lacul Techirghiol Map
DE4342452 Germany Elbaue und Teichgebiete bei Torgau Map
DE4340451 Germany Vereinigte Mulde Map
DE4554451 Germany Teichgebiete Niederspree-Hammerstadt Map
DE2642401 Germany Müritz-Seenland und Neustrelitzer Kleinseenplatte Map
DE4439452 Germany Agrarraum und Bergbaufolgelandschaft bei Delitzsch Map
DE4648452 Germany Teiche bei Zschorna Map
DE5145451 Germany Großhartmannsdorfer Großteich Map
BG0002082 Bulgaria Batova Map
BG0002050 Bulgaria Durankulashko ezero Map
BG0000156 Bulgaria Shablenski ezeren kompleks Map
BG0000191 Bulgaria Varnensko-Beloslavsko ezero Map
BG0000271 Bulgaria Mandra - Poda Map
PLB160003 Poland Zbiornik Otmuchowski Map
CY3000007 Cyprus FRAGMA ACHNAS Map
IT4090003 Italy Rupi e Gessi della Valmarecchia Map
NL2009162 Netherlands Abtskolk & De Putten Map
AT1110137 Austria Neusiedler See - Nordöstliches Leithagebirge Map
IT51A0039 Italy Padule della Trappola, Bocca d'Ombrone Map
NL9802018 Netherlands Haringvliet Map
BG0002115 Bulgaria Bilo Map

Protected sites

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Legal status

Legal text Annex Conditions More information
Directive 2009/147/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council, of 30 November 2009, on the conservation of wild birds (EU Birds Directive) http://ec.europa.eu/environm...rective/index_en.htm
Convention on the conservation of European wildlife and natural habitats (Bern Convention) http://www.coe.int/t/dg4/cul.../bern/default_en.asp
https://wcd.coe.int/ViewDoc....ckColorLogged=FDC864

Resolution No. 6 (1998) of the Bern Convention lists the species requiring specific habitat conservation measures [and the designation of Areas of Special Conservation Interest (ASCIs) forming for the Emerald network]
Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals. (Bonn Convention) http://www.cms.int/
Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds. Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals. (AEWA) http://www.migratoryspecies....ent/about-cms-family

http://www.unep-aewa.org/en/legalinstrument/aewa

Common names and synonyms

Common Name Language Reference
Ansar Chico Spanish Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Dverggås Norwegian Direktoratet for Naturforvaltning
Dværggås Danish EC-DGXI.d2, ETC/NC
Dwerggans Dutch Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Fjällgås Swedish Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Ganso-pequeno-de-testa-branca Portuguese Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Husa malá Czech Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Kiljuhanhi Finnish Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Kis lilik Hungarian Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Lesser White-fronted Goose English Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Maza zoss Latvian Latvian NRC
Oca lombardella minore Italian Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Oie naine French Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Zwerggans German Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
No synonyms available.

Other resources

Bird action plan
CoL (accepted name) Catalogue of Life
EBCC Atlas of breeding birds European Bird Census Council's Atlas of Breeding Birds
EURing code:01600 European bird-ringing
EoL Encyclopedia of Life
Fauna Europaea Fauna Europaea
GBIF Global Biodiversity Information Facility
ITIS (Valid name) Interagency Taxonomic Information System
NCBI search National Center for Biotechnology Information
PESI (Accepted) Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure
Wikipedia Wikipedia

External data

Population distribution from "Birds in Europe" editions 1 and 2

These publications present a thorough and detailed review of the conservation status of European birds. Based on detailed breeding and wintering population data collected in each country, the report provides a review of the population sizes and trends of Species of European Conservation Concern.

22 items found, displaying all items.1
Country Biogeographic region Min / Max (Units) Period Status Quality Source Published
Azerbaijan 1500/10000 (individuals) 1996-2002 Wintering Species generally well known, but only poor or incomplete quantitative data available Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004-01-01
Belgium 1/3 (individuals) 1995-2000 Wintering Species poorly known, with no quantitative data available Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004-01-01
Bulgaria 2/15 (individuals) 1996-2002 Wintering Species generally well known, but only poor or incomplete quantitative data available Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004-01-01
Croatia 1/20 (individuals) 2002 Wintering Reliable quantitative data (e.g. atlas survey or monitoring data, etc.) are available for the whole period and region in question Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004-01-01
Finland 0/5 (pairs) 1999-2001 Breeding Species generally well known, but only poor or incomplete quantitative data available Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004-01-01
Finland 15/20 (pairs) 1992 Breeding Species generally well known, but only poor or incomplete quantitative data available Birds in Europe 1 (1970-1990) 1994-01-01
Germany 20/80 (individuals) 1994-1999 Wintering Reliable quantitative data (e.g. atlas survey or monitoring data, etc.) are available for the whole period and region in question Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004-01-01
Greece 71/71 (individuals) 1999 Wintering Species poorly known, with no quantitative data available Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004-01-01
Hungary 0/20 (individuals) 1990-2000 Wintering Species poorly known, with no quantitative data available Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004-01-01
Macedonia (FYR) 0/2 (individuals) 1990-2000 Wintering Species generally well known, but only poor or incomplete quantitative data available Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004-01-01
Netherlands 46/46 (individuals) 1999-2001 Wintering Species poorly known, with no quantitative data available Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004-01-01
Norway 35/45 (pairs) 2002 Breeding Species poorly known, with no quantitative data available Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004-01-01
Norway 30/50 (pairs) 1990 Breeding Species generally well known, but only poor or incomplete quantitative data available Birds in Europe 1 (1970-1990) 1994-01-01
Romania 31/50 (individuals) 1990-2000 Wintering Reliable quantitative data (e.g. atlas survey or monitoring data, etc.) are available for the whole period and region in question Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004-01-01
Russian Federation 200/400 (pairs) 1995-2000 Breeding Species generally well known, but only poor or incomplete quantitative data available Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004-01-01
Russian Federation 1000/2500 (pairs) - Breeding Species generally well known, but only poor or incomplete quantitative data available Birds in Europe 1 (1970-1990) 1994-01-01
Slovakia 0/15 (individuals) 1990-1999 Wintering Species generally well known, but only poor or incomplete quantitative data available Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004-01-01
Sweden 0/1 (individuals) 1998-2001 Wintering Species poorly known, with no quantitative data available Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004-01-01
Sweden 5/5 (pairs) 1999-2000 Breeding Species poorly known, with no quantitative data available Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004-01-01
Sweden 1/5 (pairs) 1987 Breeding Species generally well known, but only poor or incomplete quantitative data available Birds in Europe 1 (1970-1990) 1994-01-01
Turkey 10/100 (individuals) 1991-2001 Wintering Reliable quantitative data (e.g. atlas survey or monitoring data, etc.) are available for the whole period and region in question Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004-01-01
Ukraine 300/1200 (individuals) 1990-2000 Wintering Species poorly known, with no quantitative data available Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004-01-01
Source: BirdLife International

Population trends from "Birds in Europe" editions 1 and 2

These publications present a thorough and detailed review of the conservation status of European birds. Based on detailed breeding and wintering population data collected in each country, the report provides a review of the population sizes and trends of Species of European Conservation Concern.

22 items found, displaying all items.1
Country Biogeographic region Period Status Trend Quality Source Published
Azerbaijan 1990-2000 Wintering Stable between 0% to 19% Species generally well known, but only poor or incomplete quantitative data available Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004
Belgium 1990-2000 Wintering Stable between 0% to 19% Reliable quantitative data (e.g. atlas survey or monitoring data, etc.) are available for the whole period and region in question Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004
Bulgaria 1990-2000 Wintering Unknown Species poorly known, with no quantitative data available Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004
Croatia 1990-2000 Wintering Fluctuating : 80 % Reliable quantitative data (e.g. atlas survey or monitoring data, etc.) are available for the whole period and region in question Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004
Finland 1990-2000 Breeding Decreasing : 50 % Reliable quantitative data (e.g. atlas survey or monitoring data, etc.) are available for the whole period and region in question Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004
Finland 1970-1990 Breeding Small decrease of 20-49% Species poorly known, with no quantitative data available Birds in Europe 1 (1970-1990) 1994
Germany 1990-2000 Wintering Unknown Species poorly known, with no quantitative data available Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004
Greece 1990-2000 Wintering Decreasing between 0% to 19% Reliable quantitative data (e.g. atlas survey or monitoring data, etc.) are available for the whole period and region in question Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004
Hungary 1990-2000 Wintering Fluctuating : 80 % Species generally well known, but only poor or incomplete quantitative data available Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004
Macedonia (FYR) 1990-2000 Wintering Fluctuating between 20% to 29% Species poorly known, with no quantitative data available Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004
Netherlands 1990-2000 Wintering Increasing : 80 % Reliable quantitative data (e.g. atlas survey or monitoring data, etc.) are available for the whole period and region in question Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004
Norway 1990-2000 Breeding Decreasing : 5 % Reliable quantitative data (e.g. atlas survey or monitoring data, etc.) are available for the whole period and region in question Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004
Norway 1970-1990 Breeding Small decrease of 20-49% Reliable quantitative data (e.g. atlas survey or monitoring data, etc.) are available for the whole period and region in question Birds in Europe 1 (1970-1990) 1994
Romania 1990-2000 Wintering Decreasing between 50% to 79% Species poorly known, with no quantitative data available Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004
Russian Federation 1990-2000 Breeding Stable between 0% to 19% Species generally well known, but only poor or incomplete quantitative data available Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004
Russian Federation 1970-1990 Breeding Stable, or change of less than 20% Species generally well known, but only poor or incomplete quantitative data available Birds in Europe 1 (1970-1990) 1994
Slovakia 1990-2000 Wintering Unknown Species poorly known, with no quantitative data available Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004
Sweden 1990-2000 Breeding Increasing between 0% to 9% Reliable quantitative data (e.g. atlas survey or monitoring data, etc.) are available for the whole period and region in question Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004
Sweden 1990-2000 Wintering Stable between 0% to 19% Reliable quantitative data (e.g. atlas survey or monitoring data, etc.) are available for the whole period and region in question Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004
Sweden 1970-1990 Breeding Small decrease of 20-49% Reliable quantitative data (e.g. atlas survey or monitoring data, etc.) are available for the whole period and region in question Birds in Europe 1 (1970-1990) 1994
Turkey 1990-2000 Wintering Unknown Species poorly known, with no quantitative data available Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004
Ukraine 1990-2000 Wintering Increasing between 20% to 29% Species generally well known, but only poor or incomplete quantitative data available Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004
Source: BirdLife International

Summary of derogations for species

EU member states are required to report derogations from protection efforts of species.

7 items found, displaying all items.1
Region From Until Justification Activity Impact
Poland 2014-06-01 2015-05-31 It is not possible to determine the number of individuals Capture (ringing) None
Slaskie 2014-01-30 2024-12-31 derogations concern around 100 individuals and next generations of breeding Transport non impact on population
Slaskie 2014-01-30 2024-12-31 derogations concern around 100 individuals and next generations of breeding Keeping and caring for wounded birds non impact on population
Slaskie 2014-01-30 2024-12-31 derogations concern around 100 individuals and next generations of breeding Keeping in captivity non impact on population
Severoiztochen 2013-12-10 2014-02-20 The number of bird for ringing is not specified taking into account unpredictable number of caught birds and their availability during the wintering. Capture (ringing) no impact
Severoiztochen 2013-12-10 2014-02-20 The number of bird for ringing is not specified taking into account unpredictable number of caught birds and their availability during the wintering. Tagging with satellite transmitters no impact
Lubuskie 2013-02-19 2015-12-31 Number of individuals impossible to define for disturbance. Deliberate disturbance, scaring away no impact on Populations.
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