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

White-fronted Goose (Greenland subspecies) - Anser albifrons flavirostris Dalgety & Scott, 1948

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Quick facts

Threat status Europe Least Concern (IUCN)
EU Population status
Protected by EU Birds Directive and 3 other international agreements
Natura 2000 sites 97 are designated for this species
Valid parent species Anser albifrons
Wintering habitats
  • cropland
  • grassland
Natura 2000 species code A395


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Threat and EU population 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

EU population status

The status of the population at the EU level was evaluated at the species level; this was based on the reports delivered by Member States under Article 12 of the Birds Directive (see fact sheet below). The EU status assessment can cover several subspecies/subspecific population units. For more information, please consult the species fact sheet and link below.

IUCN Red List Category
Not Evaluated
Near Threatened
Regionally Extinct
Not Applicable
Extinct in the Wild
Data Deficient
Least Concern
Critically Endangered
Population status categories for bird species under the Birds Directive
Near Threatened, declining or depleted
Threatened (i.e. vulnerable, endangered, critically endangered, regionally extinct)
Unknown or not evaluated

Natura 2000 sites

Protected in the following Natura 2000 sites

Sitecode Country Site name Action
IE0000007 Ireland Lough Oughter and Associated Loughs SAC Map
IE0000129 Ireland Croaghonagh Bog SAC Map
IE0000133 Ireland Donegal Bay (Murvagh) SAC Map
IE0000138 Ireland Durnesh Lough SAC Map
IE0000140 Ireland Fawnboy Bog/Lough Nacung SAC Map
IE0000142 Ireland Gannivegil Bog SAC Map
IE0000147 Ireland Horn Head and Rinclevan SAC Map
IE0000165 Ireland Lough Nillan Bog (Carrickatlieve) SAC Map
IE0000172 Ireland Meenaguse/Ardbane Bog SAC Map
IE0000185 Ireland Sessiagh Lough SAC Map
IE0000189 Ireland Slieve League SAC Map
IE0000197 Ireland West of Ardara/Maas Road SAC Map
IE0000216 Ireland River Shannon Callows SAC Map
IE0000296 Ireland Lisnageeragh Bog and Ballinastack Turlough SAC Map
IE0000297 Ireland Lough Corrib SAC Map
IE0000301 Ireland Lough Lurgeen Bog/Glenamaddy Turlough SAC Map
IE0000322 Ireland Rahasane Turlough SAC Map
IE0000365 Ireland Killarney National Park, Macgillycuddy's Reeks and Caragh River Catchment SAC Map
IE0000440 Ireland Lough Ree SAC Map
IE0000470 Ireland Mullet/Blacksod Bay Complex SAC Map
IE0000476 Ireland Carrowmore Lake Complex SAC Map
IE0000534 Ireland Owenduff/Nephin Complex SAC Map
IE0000566 Ireland All Saints Bog and Esker SAC Map
IE0000580 Ireland Mongan Bog SAC Map
IE0000588 Ireland Ballinturly Turlough SAC Map
IE0000610 Ireland Lough Croan Turlough SAC Map
IE0000611 Ireland Lough Funshinagh SAC Map
IE0000679 Ireland Garriskil Bog SAC Map
IE0000685 Ireland Lough Ennell SAC Map
IE0000688 Ireland Lough Owel SAC Map
IE0000700 Ireland Cahore Polders and Dunes SAC Map
IE0000710 Ireland Raven Point Nature Reserve SAC Map
IE0001125 Ireland Dunragh Loughs/Pettigo Plateau SAC Map
IE0001637 Ireland Four Roads Turlough SAC Map
IE0001774 Ireland Lough Carra/Mask Complex SAC Map
IE0001818 Ireland Lough Forbes Complex SAC Map
IE0001912 Ireland Glendree Bog SAC Map
IE0001926 Ireland East Burren Complex SAC Map
IE0001932 Ireland Mweelrea/Sheeffry/Erriff Complex SAC Map
IE0001992 Ireland Tamur Bog SAC Map
IE0002006 Ireland Ox Mountains Bogs SAC Map
IE0002034 Ireland Connemara Bog Complex SAC Map
IE0002047 Ireland Cloghernagore Bog and Glenveagh National Park SAC Map
IE0002137 Ireland Lower River Suir SAC Map
IE0002162 Ireland River Barrow and River Nore SAC Map
IE0002165 Ireland Lower River Shannon SAC Map
IE0002241 Ireland Lough Derg, North-East Shore SAC Map
IE0002249 Ireland The Murrough Wetlands SAC Map
IE0002287 Ireland Lough Swilly SAC Map
IE0002298 Ireland River Moy SAC Map
IE0002353 Ireland Redwood Bog SAC Map
IE0004017 Ireland Mongan Bog SPA Map
IE0004019 Ireland The Raven SPA Map
IE0004026 Ireland Dundalk Bay SPA Map
IE0004038 Ireland Killarney National Park SPA Map
IE0004042 Ireland Lough Corrib SPA Map
IE0004043 Ireland Lough Derravaragh SPA Map
IE0004044 Ireland Lough Ennell SPA Map
IE0004045 Ireland Glen Lough SPA Map
IE0004046 Ireland Lough Iron SPA Map
IE0004047 Ireland Lough Owel SPA Map
IE0004048 Ireland Lough Gara SPA Map
IE0004049 Ireland Lough Oughter SPA Map
IE0004052 Ireland Carrowmore Lake SPA Map
IE0004057 Ireland Lough Derg (Donegal) SPA Map
IE0004058 Ireland Lough Derg (Shannon) SPA Map
IE0004062 Ireland Lough Mask SPA Map
IE0004064 Ireland Lough Ree SPA Map
IE0004075 Ireland Lough Swilly SPA Map
IE0004076 Ireland Wexford Harbour and Slobs SPA Map
IE0004086 Ireland River Little Brosna Callows SPA Map
IE0004089 Ireland Rahasane Turlough SPA Map
IE0004090 Ireland Sheskinmore Lough SPA Map
IE0004091 Ireland Stabannan-Braganstown SPA Map
IE0004092 Ireland Tacumshin Lake SPA Map
IE0004093 Ireland Termoncarragh Lake and Annagh Machair SPA Map
IE0004096 Ireland Middle Shannon Callows SPA Map
IE0004097 Ireland River Suck Callows SPA Map
IE0004098 Ireland Owenduff/Nephin Complex SPA Map
IE0004099 Ireland Pettigo Plateau Nature Reserve SPA Map
IE0004103 Ireland All Saints Bog SPA Map
IE0004108 Ireland Eirk Bog SPA Map
IE0004110 Ireland Lough Nillan Bog SPA Map
SE0540084 Sweden Hornborgasjön Map
SI5000011 Slovenia Drava Map
IT9110038 Italy Paludi presso il Golfo di Manfredonia Map
IE0002343 Ireland Tullaher Lough and Bog SAC Map
IE0004228 Ireland Lough Conn and Lough Cullin SPA Map
IE0004194 Ireland Horn Head to Fanad Head SPA Map
IE0004142 Ireland Cregganna Marsh SPA Map
IE0004143 Ireland Cahore Marshes SPA Map
IE0004137 Ireland Dovegrove Callows SPA Map
IE0004140 Ireland Four Roads Turlough SPA Map
IE0004139 Ireland Lough Croan Turlough SPA Map
IE0004145 Ireland Durnesh Lough SPA Map
IE0004186 Ireland The Murrough SPA Map
IE0004181 Ireland Connemara Bog Complex SPA 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)

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) (Migratory species of Anatidae*)

Common names and synonyms

Common Name Language Reference
Ansar careto de Groenlandia Spanish EC-DGXI.d2, ETC/NC
Bläßgans (grönländische Unterart) German EC-DGXI.d2, ETC/NC
Bläsgås (grönländsk underart) Swedish EC-DGXI.d2, ETC/NC
Blisgås (grønlandsk underart) Danish EC-DGXI.d2, ETC/NC
Ganso-da-Gronelândia Portuguese EC-DGXI.d2, ETC/NC
Groenlandse kolgans Dutch EC-DGXI.d2, ETC/NC
Oca lombardella (sottospecie di Groenlandia) Italian EC-DGXI.d2, ETC/NC
Oie rieuse (sous-espèce du Groenland) French EC-DGXI.d2, ETC/NC
Tundrahanhi (alalaji Grönlanti) Finnish EC-DGXI.d2, ETC/NC
White-fronted Goose (Greenland subspecies) English EC-DGXI.d2, ETC/NC
Synonym Author
Anser flavirostris Dalgety & Scott, 1948

Other resources

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External data

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European Environment Agency (EEA)
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