The Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) is a large North American migratory bird of Canada and the northern United States in the Anatidae family.
The Canada Goose has a black head and neck, white cheeks, white under its chin, and a brown body. It has a white eye-ring.
It is 75-110 centimetres (30-43 inches) tall, with a 127-185 centimetre (50-73 inch) wingspan.
It is found near freshwater. The Canada Goose is migratory, flying to warmer locations in winter. It flies 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.
It mates for life. The female lays 2-9 eggs, and both parents look after 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 Canada Goose lives for 10-24 years.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM