Brant, Brent Goose (Branta bernicla)
Aves > Anseriformes > Anatidae
Branta bernicla (Linnaeus, 1758)
Photographer: Jim Occi, BugPics
Location: New Jersey, United States
Jim Occi, BugPics, www.forestryimages.org
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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.