Bill and legs orange; the former with the nail white: wings reaching a little beyond the tail: a large white space on the forehead.

Anas albifrons, Temm. Man. d'Orn. torn. ii. p. 821. White-fronted Goose, Mont. Orn. Diet. Bew. Brit. Birds, vol. ii. p. 294. Selb. Must. vol. ii. p. 266. pl. 43.


Entire length two feet three inches: length of the bill (from the gape) two inches; of the tarsus three inches; from the carpus to the end of the wing sixteen inehes.


Region of the bill, and a large space on the forehead, pure white, the latter bordered with deep brown; a small white spot also under each eye: rest of the head, and neck, brownish ash: back, scapulars, and flanks, clove-brown, the feathers edged with reddish ash: quills black; greater wing-coverts tipped with white: breast, belly and abdomen, dirty white, irregularly marked with patches and transverse bars of black: tail blackish gray; the middle feathers edged with white, the outer one on each side almost wholly white: upper and under tail-coverts white: bill flesh-red, tinged with orange; the nail white: irides brown legs yellowish orange. In young birds, there is no white patch on the forehead, but occasionally two or three small white spots at the base of the bill: the head and neck are tinged with reddish; the ash-coloured tints on the rest of the plumage paler than in the adult. (Egg). White, tinged with buff: long. diam. two inches ten lines; trans, diam. one inch eleven lines.

Appears in small flocks during the winter months. Not uncommon in the fenny districts in the eastern parts of England. Said to breed in the Arctic Regions. Food, grain, seeds and vegetables.

(2. Bernicla, Steph).