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BAR­NA­CLE GOOSE The Bar­na­cle Goose is an at­trac­tive mem­ber of the Branta genus of the goose fam­ily. It shares its largely black-and-white plumage with other fam­ily mem­bers like Canada and Brent Geese. Back in the day, Bar­na­cle Geese and other Branta geese were deemed as all be­long­ing to the same species. It was also be­lieved then that they spent the first stage of their life as Bar­na­cles cling­ing onto rocks. Malmö en­joys the mi­gra­tion spec­ta­cle of the thou­sands of Bar­na­cle Geese that pass over dur­ing the spring from Hol­land on their way to the high Arc­tic. The word ‘en­joys’ has to be used with a cer­tain amount of trep­i­da­tion as some of the wild birds stop to breed with the city’s bur­geon­ing feral pop­u­la­tion. Herein lies the prob­lem. With up to 50,000 birds in the city call­ing and defe­cat­ing where they stand, it is easy to see why some of the lo­cals de­test them. The Bar­na­cle Goose is now among the city’s most com­mon breed­ing birds. This feral pop­u­la­tion is a fairly re­cent phe­nom­e­non, with the colonies first es­tab­lish­ing dur­ing the 1980s.

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