Canadian Goose

The Canadian Goose (Branta canadensis) is a large North American migratory bird of Canada and the northern United States.

The Canadian Goose has a black head and neck, white cheeks, white under its chin, and a brown body. It has a white eye-ring.

Canadian Goose

Canadian Goose

It is 75-110 centimetres (30-43 inches) tall, with a 127-185 centimetre (50-73 inch) wingspan.

It is found near freshwater. The Canadian Goose is migratory, flying to warmer locations in winter. They fly in a V-formation.

It is mainly herbivorous, eating grass, but it will also eat insects and fish. Its predators are mainly coyotes, foxes, and bears.

They mate for life. Females lay 2-9 eggs, and both parents look after the them, until they hatch after 24-48 days. The chicks are called goslings. Goslings can walk, swim, and find their own food soon after hatching. They can fly after 6-9 weeks of age.

The Canadian Goose lives for 10-24 years.

Canadian Goose

Canadian Goose

Canadian Goose

Canadian Goose

Canadian Goose

Canadian Goose

Canadian Goose

Canadian Goose

 

 

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

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