Definition of barnacle goose in English:

barnacle goose


  • A goose with a white face and black neck, breeding in the arctic tundra of Greenland, Spitsbergen, and Novaya Zemlya.

    • ‘The gardens, nurseries, orchards, walled garden, arboretum, ice house, oyster farm and barnacle goose sanctuary will all, in time, be revived thoroughly.’
    • ‘Based on genetic similarities, the second group would also include the barnacle goose, a population of distinctive-looking geese that is currently recognized as a species by itself.’
    • ‘Like other arctic geese, barnacle geese store fat and nutrient reserves to transport to the breeding grounds, where females invest 40-60% of their body mass during reproductive attempts.’
    • ‘Then came a fascinating sighting of a barnacle goose.’
    • ‘There is also a small species known as the barnacle goose, arrayed in motley plumage, of whose nesting haunts we have no certain knowledge.’
    • ‘So the barnacle goose and the small Canada geese were more closely related to each other than the small Canada goose was to the large Canada goose.’
    • ‘For instance, detailed study of the DNA of the barnacle goose has located its origin on a twig of the Canada goose's family tree.’
    • ‘In addition to thousands of wigeon, together with mallard, teal and shoveler, the selection of birds at Buckenham RSPB reserve often includes bean, white-fronted and barnacle geese.’
    • ‘I watched beautiful red-throated divers and the wintering barnacle geese transit the abandoned Isle of Innismurray, a few miles offshore.’
    • ‘Where once there were acres of grain, there are now acres of barnacle geese; where sheep once grazed, there are widgeon and teal; lapwing and redshanks have replaced the cattle; his new crops are spoonbills, snipe, skylarks and linnets.’
    • ‘The use of different mating strategies based on preferred personal qualities of the opposite sex has been reported for wild barnacle geese.’
    • ‘Along with barnacle geese and choughs, whisky is one of the principal magnets drawing visitors to this hugely rewarding island.’
    • ‘Later, we take the RIBs to go snorkelling with seals, while the non-divers make a land excursion to see Arctic foxes, reindeer, eider ducks, barnacle geese, pink-footed geese and Brunnich's guillemots on the cliffs.’
    • ‘There are a few sheep on it at the moment, black rabbits and about 20 seals, as well as an amazing selection of bird life, including storm petrels and barnacle geese,’ says Deasy.’


Mid 18th century: see barnacle.


barnacle goose