The Canada Goose is a wild goose belonging to the genus Branta,
which is native to arctic and temperate regions of North America,
having a black head and neck, white patches on the face, and
a brownish-gray body.
The Canada Goose was one of the many species described by
Carl Linnaeus in his 18th-century work Systema Naturae. It
belongs to the Branta genus of geese, which contains species
with largely black plumage, distinguishing them from the grey
species of the Anser genus. The specific epithet canadensis
is a New Latin word meaning "from Canada".