Canada Goose is the largest of the “black” geese, almost swan sized. Adult Canada geese have dark brown body on the top half and paler body below. They have a white patch below their black tail.
The scientific name for a Canada Goose is “Branta canadensis.
Their head, beak and long neck are black, with white face-patch on cheeks and under chin.
Their legs are dark grey. Immature similar to adult, duller. In flight, black rump and white tail band conspicuous. Wingbeats powerful. Their call is a hoarse disyllabic “aah-honk”.
Vagrant North American birds winter with grey geese on coastal marshes. Most European birds are descendants of introduced stock; resident on large freshwater bodies, including park lakes, and nearby grassland.
Abundant and extensive over the United States and Canada; uncommon in Mexico. extensively accepted after being introduced in Europe. Keep an eye out for loud honking cries, especially as flocks go above in the traditional V shape.
How Long Do Canada Geese Live For?
In the wild, Canada Geese have a lifespan of between 10 to 24 years.