Brant, Brent Geese (Branta bernicla)
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Alternative Title: Branta bernicla
Creator: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Contributor: ASSISTANT REGIONAL DIRECTOR-EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Language: EN - ENGLISH
Rights: (public domain)
Subject: Birds, Waterfowl, Goose, Geese
Created: December 31 9999
Valid: July 09 2001
Available: December 05 2001
Issued: July 09 2001
Modified: December 10 2003
Brent Goose (Branta bernicla), a goose of the genus Branta, is known in North America as Brant. The spelling "Brant" is the original one, with "Brent" being a later folk-etymological idea that it was derived from a classical Greek waterbird name brenthos. It is in fact onomatopoeic, derived from the guttural call note of the species. For the origin of the scientific name bernicla, see Barnacle Goose.