Canada Goose Bird Information
Canada Goose bird is the largest of the ‘black’ geese; about the same size as bulkier Greylag. The bird is a familiar inhabitant of ponds, lakes, reservoirs and other freshwater habitats; generally tame and often aggressive. Buffy brown above and buff below; long black head and neck broken only by white chin patch. Canada Goose forms large flocks at end of the breeding season (for moulting), otherwise in pairs and family parties.
Status: Prospering after the introduction from native North America, where is long distance migrant. Widespread in Britain but highly local in Ireland. Most birds resident, but with some long-distance migrations (for moulting) developing.
Similar Species: The similar species of Canada Goose is Barnacle Goose which has a white face, grey back and is much smaller.
Canada Goose Bird Facts
|Size||90-100 cm (36-40 in)|
|Habitat||freshwater, marshes and margins, grassland|
|Behavior||swims, walks, takes off and lands on water and ground|
|Flight||strong and powerful; direct|
|voice||loud wagh-onk repeated|
Canada Goose Identification
|Upperparts||brown, barred buff|
|Tail||white with black terminal band; short and square|
|Throat||black and white|
|Bill||black; large and duck-like|
|Legs||black; medium length|
Breeding and Nesting
|Nest||lined hollow beside the water, often on the island|
|Food||grass, aquatic vegetation, cereals, grain|