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Satellite tracking of Bean Geese Anser fabalis fabalis and A. f. rossicus from spring staging areas in northern Sweden to breeding and moulting areas.

  • Leif Nilsson
  • Adriaan de Jong
  • Thomas Heinicke
  • Kjell Sjöberg
Publishing year: 2010
Language: English
Pages: 184-189
Publication/Series: Ornis Svecica
Volume: 20
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: Sveriges Ornitologiska Förening

Abstract english

In order to determine their breeding and moulting sites
we fitted eight Taiga Bean Geese Anser fabalis fabalis
and two Tundra Bean Geese A. f. rossicus with satellite
transmitters in 2007–2009 at their spring roosting sites
at Umeå and Luleå, Sweden. Nine of these transmitters
transferred GPS positions for 1–4 months. All positions
were N–ENE of the catching sites. The Tundra Bean
Geese migrated to Finnmark in Norway and neighbouring
parts of Finland. The Taiga Bean Geese migrated
to sites near Övre Soppero (Sweden) and Kautokeino
(Norway) in the west, through northern Finland, to Russian
Karelia. Three of five Taiga Bean Geese with active
transmitters flew to Novaya Zemlya to moult. Our results
indicate that a significant proportion of the Taiga Bean
Geese that migrate along the coast of northern Sweden
in spring do not breed west of 20° E, and that many of
them moult on Novaya Zemlya. The Tundra Bean Geese
that pass through northern Sweden in spring belong to
the Finnmark population that breeds slightly north of the
Taiga Bean Geese.


  • Zoology
  • Ecology


  • ISSN: 1102-6812
Leif Nilsson
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