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  • Cardellina canadensis
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About the Canada Goose

Canada Geese have a black head and neck with white 'chinstrap'. There are seven subspecies of this bird, of varying sizes and plumage details, but all are recognizable as Canada Geese. The similar Cackling Goose was split from this species; they are smaller and have different proportions than Canada Geese.

Like most geese, the Canada Goose is migratory with the wintering range being most of the United States.

Canada Geese have reached western Europe naturally, as has been proved by ringing recoveries. They are also found naturally on the Kamchatka Peninsula in eastern Siberia, eastern China, and throughout Japan.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 26 July 2007
Scientific Name Branta canadensis
  • Anseriformes
  • Anatidae
  • Branta
  • B. canadensis
Birdorable Family Ducks & Geese
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 28 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
30 to 43 inches
50 to 71 inches
112 to 224 ounces
Range West Europe East Europe North Europe South Europe East Asia North America Central America United States (West) United States (East)

International Names

  • Berneška Velká (Czech)
  • Canadagås (Danish)
  • Grote Canadese Gans (Dutch)
  • Kanadanhanhi (Finnish)
  • Bernache du Canada (French)
  • Kanadagans (German)
  • L'oca del Canada (Italian)
  • シジュウカラガン (Shijuukara-gan) (Japanese)
  • Kanadagås (Norwegian)
  • Bernikla kanadyjska (Polish)
  • канадская казарка (Russian)
  • Barnacla Canadiense (Spanish)
  • Kanadagås (Swedish)

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