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Canada
Goose

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Canada Goose

Branta canadensis

The Canada Goose is a wild goose, which is native to arctic and temperate regions of North America. They have a black head and neck, white patches on the face, and a brownish-gray body

The black head and neck with white chinstrap distinguish the Canada Goose from all other goose species, with the exception of the Barnacle Goose, but the latter has a black breast, and also grey, rather than brownish, body plumage. There are seven subspecies of this bird, of varying sizes and plumage details, but all are recognizable as Canada Geese. Some of the smaller races can be hard to distinguish from the newly-separated Cackling Goose.

This species is 110 cm long with a 180 cm wingspan. The male usually weighs 6.5 kg, and can be very aggressive in defending territory. The female looks virtually identical but is slightly lighter at 5.5 kg , generally 10% smaller than its male counterpart, and has a different honk.

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Regional Names
  • French:
    Bernache du Canada
  • Spanish:
    barnacla canadiense
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Branta canadensis

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