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Canada Goose | Branta canadensis photo
Canada Goose

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Canada Goose | Branta canadensis photo
Canada_Goose

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Canada Goose | Branta canadensis photo
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) skimming over ice at the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary in Calgary Alberta.

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CANADA GOOSE FACTS

Description
The Canada Goose is a large brownish goose with a black head and black neck. It has a white marking on sides of face and under the chin. The back is brown and breast is pale creamy brown. The rump is white, and tail is black. The legs and bill are black. Males and females are similar in appearance, and juveniles are similar to the adult birds.

Size
75cm - 110cm

Habitat
Arctic tundra, prairies , parklands

Food
grass, seeds, grain, berries.

Breeding
Nest is made of grass, lichen and moss, and lined with feathers. The nest is near water on a low mound. Lays 2 - 8 whitish eggs.

Range
Breeds in northern parts of North America and migrates to southern areas from southern Canada to northern Mexico in winter. It is a rare visitor to Australia. There is an introduced population in New Zealand.

distribution map showing range of Branta canadensis in Australia

Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at http://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License




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