Red-breasted Goose is a highly migratory species. Red-breasted Geese nest in Asia (Taimyr, Gydan and Yamal peninsulas, Russia). They winter mostly around Black Sea (Bulgaria, Rumania), Caspian Sea (mainly Afghanistan), and a small number in south of Europe (Greece, Turkey). During migration they can be observed in European countries as well as China, Egypt, India, Korea. Numbers are currently decreasing. The major threats are hunting, habitat destruction and effects of climate change.
■ Included in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species in 1988, listed as Vulnerable (VU) since 2015.
■ The species is managed under the EEP (EAZA Ex-situ Programme).
■ Listed in Appendix II of Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES, or Washington Convention).
■ Listed in Appendices I and II of Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS, or Bonn Convention) as a threatened migratory species that conservation is requiring international cooperation.
■ Listed in Appendix II of the Bern Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats as a strictly protected fauna species.
■ Listed in Annex I of EU Council Directive 2009/147/EC on the Conservation of wild birds (the Birds Directive).
■ An especially protected species in Latvia (the Cabinet of Ministers’ Regulations No. 396 on November 14, 2000).
■ Phylum Chordata – chordates
■ Class Aves – birds
■ Order Anseriformes – waterfowl
■ Family Anatidae – ducks, geese and swans
■ Species Branta ruficollis – Red-breasted Goose