The Brant is a small goose that is normally found in the high
Arctic in summer, and along U.S. coastlines in winter. They generally use
the same migration routes yearly, and are only rare migrants in South
Dakota. Two color forms are found, the dark-bellied "Black
Brant" of western North America, and the lighter-bellied form of eastern
on wet coastal tundra of the high Arctic during breeding season. In
winter, usually found along U.S. coastlines.
Diet: Primarily feeds on aquatic plants, grasses, and
sedges. Will also occasionally feed on aquatic insects, worms,
crustaceans, and mollusks.
Behavior: Forages by tipping up
in shallow water, by wading, or by walking on land. They usually forage in
Breeding: Non-breeder in South Dakota
Song: Hoarse low honking.
Migration: Summers in the high Arctic tundra. Winters along both the U.S. Atlantic
and Pacific coasts. Generally only rarely migrates through this part of
Conservation Status: Generally stable throughout
Cornell University's "All About Birds - Brant"
Photo Information: Photo
taken on April 13th, 2012 - Sachuest National Wildlife Refuge, Rhode Island -