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Goose (Canada)

Branta canadensis
Goose (Canada)

Range

In the summer, they are as far north as southeastern Alaska, across Canada to the western edge of Greenland and south to the U.S. They winter from southern Canada to the southern U.S. and Mexico.

Habitat

They are found in open fields, city parks and golf courses near water. They nest by rivers, lakes, streams and in marshes.

Body Traits

They are a big bird with a brownish body, a long black neck and head and bright, white cheek patch. They can be up to 3.5 feet tall and weigh up to 20 pounds. Males and females look alike.

Habits

They gather in large flocks to fly south in the fall in a V-shaped form in the sky. They often honk while flying overhead. They reverse this in the spring as they move north to breed.

Diet

They eat plants, berries and grain left over in farm fields.

Reproduction

They nest on the ground near water. They make a large, open cup nest of grass and moss and lined with their own soft goose down. Females lay 2-8 white eggs.

Goose (Canada)

Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vetebrata
Class: Aves
Order:  Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Genus:   Branta
Species: B. canadensis

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