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ADULT Has black head and neck with white "collar," dark gray upperparts, and white vent. Breast and belly are uniformly dark gray in nigricans; dark below, but paler on flanks in bernicla and Gray-bellied; uniformly pale gray in hrota.
JUVENILE Similar to respective parents, but white collar is absent until late winter, and back feathers show pale edges.

Length: 22-30"

A nasal, honking.

Small coastal goose. Three subspecies are recognized, separable by belly markings; they have reasonably distinct breeding and wintering grounds. Black Brant breeds in northwestern North American Arctic and winters on Pacific coast of North America. All birds feed on marine eelgrass and Sea Lettuce, sometimes also on coastal grassland