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 Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)




Canada Goose | Branta canadensis photo
Canada Goose, Pyramid Lake Marsh, Near Jasper, Alberta

Photograph by Alan And Elaine Wilson. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

Canada Goose | Branta canadensis photo
Canada Goose, Burnaby Lake Regional Park (Piper Spit), Burnaby, British Columbia

Photograph by Alan And Elaine Wilson. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

CANADA GOOSE FACTS

Description
The Canada Goose is a large goose with a black head and long black neck with broad white chinstrap. The back is brown and breast is pale tan or cream. It has white rump and black tail. The legs and bill black. Males and females are similar, and juveniles look like the adult birds.

Size
length 76cm - 110cm. Weight 3kg - 9kg.

Environment
Arctic tundra, prairies , parklands

Food
Feeds on plants such as grasses, sedges, grain, berries.

Breeding
Nest is a large open cup, made of grass, lichens, and moss, lined with down and feathers. The nest is placed near water on slightly raised mound. Lays two to eight creamy white eggs which hatch after 25 - 28 days.

Range
Breeds in central and south eastern Alaska, Canada, western Greenland, and northern and central United States. Winters from southern Canada to northern Mexico.

Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Anseriformes
Family:Anatidae
Genus:Branta
Species:canadensis
Common Name:Canada Goose


Relatives in same Genus
  Brant (B. bernicla)