Greater White-fronted Goose (Oie rieuse) Anser brachyrhynchus


Status: Rare (M r)

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An uncommonly recorded bird perhaps seen not more than a couple of times a year and most often in late fall passage on its way south, more occasionally in spring on their way northwards. The majority of sightings come from the last two weeks of September or around mid-March.

Reports of this irregular species have predominantly come from two specific locations – the banks of the Rivière-des-Milles-Iles between Laval and Terrebonne and the northern part of the Richelieu valley along the river between St-Jean-sur-Richlieu and the Chambly basin. Occasional reports have come from the Récré-O-Parc in March of 2009 and 2016, sporadically on the Beauharnois Canal in the vicinity of St-Louis-de-Gonzague, on the north shore of Ile-Perrot with a greater number of sightings on the flooded areas of the Sablière at St-Lazare with ten sightings between 2003 and 2014.

Due to the extreme rarity of this bird, an abundance chart is not shown but the eBird one may be consulted at .

Anyone interested in seeing the species is advised to consult local online sources such as where any sighting is sure to appear.