Canada Goose (Slimbridge March 2012)
The Canada Goose is a member of the Branta genus which consists generally of species with largely Black plumage, distinguishing them from the Anser genus who largely have Grey plumage.
The Canada Goose is frequently found on golf courses, parking lots etc and has become the most common waterfowl in North America, so much so that they can be regarded as a pest.
The Canada Goose can be distinguished from the Barnacle Goose by it's White cheeks rather than full White face.
(Compare the two Geese.)
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760mm to 1100mm (30" to 43")
Appearance - Male
A Black head and neck with a White cheek patches on the face, a Black bill and Grey/Brown plumage. The underparts are Grey/Brown with a White belly and a Black tail with White underneath. The legs and feet are grey/Black.
Appearance - Female
The female is similar but slightly smaller.
Fields, Ponds, Lakes, Rivers and Reservoirs.
Grazes on Grass, Seeds, Grains, Crops, Aquatic Plants, Insects and small Fish.
Late March to April or Late May to June.
Nests are built in a shallow depression lined with plants and down in an elevated position near water.
Quantity: 2 to 9 (average of 5)