Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Aves > Order: Anseriformes > Family: Anatidae > Genus: Branta > Species: Branta bernicla hrota

Branta bernicla hrota (Müller, 1776)

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Quick facts

Threat status Europe Least Concern (IUCN)
Protected by EU Birds Directive and 4 other international agreements
Natura 2000 sites 17 are designated for this species
Valid parent species Branta bernicla
Wintering habitats
  • grassland
Natura 2000 species code A674


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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.


Not evaluated


Least Concern


Not evaluated

IUCN Red List Category
Not Evaluated
Near Threatened
Regionally Extinct
Not Applicable
Extinct in the Wild
Data Deficient
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
DK008X076 Denmark Æbelø og kysten ved Nærå Map
DK00AX052 Denmark Mandø Map
DK00AX053 Denmark Fanø Map
DK00AY057 Denmark Vadehavet Map
DK00CX038 Denmark Nissum Fjord Map
DK00CY039 Denmark Harboøre Tange, Plet Enge og Gjeller Sø Map
DK00CY040 Denmark Venø, Venø Sund Map
DK00EX023 Denmark Agger Tange Map
DK00EX026 Denmark Dråby Vig Map
DK00EX258 Denmark Mågerodde og Karby Odde Map
DK00EY012 Denmark Løgstør Bredning, Livø, Feggesund og Skarrehage Map
DK00EY027 Denmark Glomstrup Vig, Agerø, Munkholm og Katholm Odde, Lindholm og Rotholme Map
DK00FX001 Denmark Ulvedybet og Nibe Bredning Map
DK00FX002 Denmark Ålborg Bugt, nordlige del Map
DK00FX008 Denmark Kysten fra Aggersund til Bygholm Vejle Map
DK00FY015 Denmark Randers og Mariager Fjorde og Ålborg Bugt, sydlige del Map
DK00VA344 Denmark Ålborg Bugt, østlige del 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)
Convention on the conservation of European wildlife and natural habitats (Bern Convention) (All species of Birds not included in Appendix II)
Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals. (Bonn Convention) (Migratory species of Anatidae*)
Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds. Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals. (AEWA) http://www.migratoryspecies....ent/about-cms-family
Convention on the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Baltic Sea Area (Helsinki Convention)

Common names and synonyms

Common Name Language Reference
Ringgås ssp. hrota Norwegian Direktoratet for Naturforvaltning
Synonym Author
Anas hrota Müller, 1776

Other resources

EURing code:01682 European bird-ringing
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External data

No external data sets available for this species
European Environment Agency (EEA)
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