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Canada Goose -  Branta canadensis

Canada Goose Branta canadensis

Identification Tips:

  • Length: 16-25 inches Wingspan: 50-68 inches
  • Sexes similar
  • Large long-necked goose
  • Black bill
  • Black head and neck
  • White throat patch extends up to cheek
  • Brown back, upper wing and flanks
  • Brownish-white breast and belly
  • White upper tail coverts contrast with black tail
  • White undertail coverts
  • Great size variation, with some northern subspecies duck-sized
  • Immature similar to adult

Similar species:

Similar only to Brant, which has a black breast, white flanks and a small white neck patch rather than a large white throat and cheek patch.

Length and wingspan from: Robbins, C.S., Bruun, B., Zim, H.S., (1966). Birds of North America. New York: Western Publishing Company, Inc.

Above information used courtesy of United States Geological Survey.

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