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Brant - Branta bernicla

Native Species
Accidental Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: SNA

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Copyright by: The Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, all rights reserved.
General Description
The Brant breeds in the Canadian and Alaskan Arctic and winters along the Atlantic Coast from Massachusetts to North Carolina and along the Pacific Coast from Alaska to Baja California and northern Mexico (Lewis et al. 2013). In Montana, the Brant is an accidental spring and fall migrant (Montana Bird Distribution Committee 2012).

For a comprehensive review of the conservation status, habitat use, and ecology of this and other Montana bird species, please see Marks et al. 2016, Birds of Montana.

Species Range

Western Hemisphere Range


Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 15

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Relative Density


SUMMER (Feb 16 - Dec 14)
Direct Evidence of Breeding

Indirect Evidence of Breeding

No Evidence of Breeding

WINTER (Dec 15 - Feb 15)
Regularly Observed

Not Regularly Observed


(Observations spanning multiple months or years are excluded from time charts)

The species normally migrates along the west coast.

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Brant — Branta bernicla.  Montana Field Guide.  .  Retrieved on , from