007 Lesser White-fronted Goose
(Anser erythropus )


53-65 cm. Looks like a small Greater White-fronted Goose, but its bill is more vivid pink, and its white front patch reaches its top of head. Its plumage is darker than of the Greater White-fronted Goose. Feet are orange red. It has prominent yellow eye-ring.


In Hungary Hortobágy is a traditional staging ground of the species, and individuals pass through annually predominantly in autumn, but also in the spring. Individuals or small flocks show up occasionally at Biharugra, Kardoskút, Lake Fehér at Szeged and on the alkali lakes of the Kiskunság. A scarce vagrant in Transdanubia. In Hortobágy the Lesser White-fronted Geese arrive in mid September and leave by late October. In spring migration they reappear in mid March and leave in the second half of April.

007 Lesser White-fronted Goose  pic

© Graphics by Szabolcs Kókay

Source: 1) Lovászi Péter (editor): Javasolt különleges madárvédelmi területek Magyarországon, Magyar Madártani és Természetvédelmi Egyesület, 2002; 2) BirdLife International:IUCN Red List for birds. Species factsheet; 3) Králl Attila, Nagy Károly: Fontos Madárélőhelyek Magyarországon (Területek, kritériumok és minősítő fajok) MME Monitoring Központ, 2007; 4) Szabolcs Kókay bird illustrations; 5) www.hungarianbirdwatching.com bird descriptions and checklists, 2004-2012; 6) Lars Svensson et al.: Collins Bird Guide: The Most Complete Guide to the Birds of Britain and Europe 2nd Edition, Harper Collins, 2010; 7) MME Nomenclator Bizottság: Nomenclator avium Hungariae. An annotated list of the birds of Hungary. Magyar Madártani és Természetvédelmi Egyesület, 2008