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Branta leucopsis, barnacle goose

Branta leucopsis is a goose of many names, most having to do with its appearance. German common names are Nonnengans, or nun goose, and Weisswangengans, or white-cheeked goose. The English name of “barnacle goose” is said to date back to medieval beliefs regarding its origins. Other European names (Fr: bernache nonnette; It: oca facciabianca; Sp: barnacla cariblanca) are variations on the nun, white-face and barnacle themes. In Dutch it’s Brandgans. Most of them migrate with their kind, although some remain behind and mingle with graylag, Egyptian and other local geese.

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