Head, neck, and breast, black; a white patch on each side of the neck.
Anas Bernicla, Temm. Man. d'Orn. torn. u. p. 824. Brent Goose, Mont. Orn. Diet,& Supp. Bew. Brit. Birds, vol. ii. p. 300, Selb. Illust. vol. II. p. 271. pl. 45.
Entire length twenty-nine inches.
(Adult). Head, neck, and upper part of the breast, black; on each side of the neck about half-way down, a patch of white, mottled with black: back, scapulars, and wing-coverts, clove-brown, the feathers edged with ash-gray: middle of the belly dark gray, tinged with brown; flanks barred transversely with gray and white; vent, upper and under tail-coverts, pure white: rump, quills, and tail, black: irides dusky brown: bill and legs black. (Young of the year). Head and neck dusky ash, the latter without the white patch on the sides; the feathers on the back and breast tipped with reddish brown; flanks gray, with transverse bars of reddish white. (Egg). Dull white, slightly tinged with green: long, diam. two inches eleven lines; trans, diam. one inch nine lines.
Like the other species of this family, a regular winter visitant. Most abundant in the eastern and southern parts of the kingdom. Frequents the sea coast, and also inland marshes. Retires northward in February and March to breed. Said to lay from eight to ten eggs. Food, similar to that of the last.