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Canadian Goose

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".

Canadian Geese

Canadian geese are wild geese belonging to the genus Branta. Canadian geese are native to arctic and temperate regions of North America.

Canadian Goose Classification:

Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Genus: Branta
Species: Canadensis

Candian Geese Species Include:

Atlantic Canada Goose - Branta canadensis canadensis
Interior Canada Goose - Branta canadensis interior
Giant Canada Goose - Branta canadensis maxima
Moffitt's Canada Goose - Branta canadensis moffitti
Vancouver Canada Goose - Branta canadensis fulva
Dusky Canada Goose - Branta canadensis occidentalis

Canadian Goose

Conservation Status:
Least Concern

Size: Canadian geese are 30 to 43 inches long and weigh 5 to 19 lbs. Candian geese have a wing span of 50 to 73 inches wide. Male Canadian geese are approximately 10% larger than their female counterparts.

Habitat: Canadian geese are found in North America. Canadian geese are found in northern Europe, in eastern Siberia, eastern China, and throughout Japan. Canadian geese are found in a variety of habitats.

Description: Canadian geese are large birds with a black head and neck, white patches on the face, and a brownish-gray body.

Behavior: Canadian geese are migratory birds. Canadian geese fly in a V shaped patterned, to signal the transitions into spring and autumn. Canadian can be agressive and attack when they feel threatened. The Canadian geese will stand erect, spread their wings and produce a hissing sound. The geese will charge and may then bite or attack.

Diet: Canadian geese are herbivores, their diet includes green vegetation, aquatic plants, and grains.

Communication: Canadian geese express their displeasure through hissing, and their body language.

Did You Know?

Just 50 geese can produce two and a half tons of excrement in a year!

Hatching: The Canadian geese eggs hatch 24 to 28 days after they are laid.

Birth: Canadian geese lay 3 to 8 eggs. Both parent Canadian geese protect the nest, while the eggs are incubating.

Sexually Mature: Canada geese are monogamous, and most pairs stay together all of their lives.

Life Span: Canadian geese have an life span of between 10 to 24 years.

Did You Know?

Canadian geese can fly a distance of 1,500 miles in just 24 hours.

Social Structure: Canadian geese are protective of their young and form strong mating bonds.


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