Cackling Goose

About the Cackling Goose

The Cackling Goose is a type of Branta goose, similar in plumage and shape to the Canada Goose, though generally smaller in stature. Cackling Geese can often be distinguished by their overall body size, as well as the proportionally smaller size of their bill, when compared to Canada Geese.

Cackling Geese are native to North America. These migratory birds breed in northern Canada and parts of Alaska, moving southward during the winter, depending on food supplies.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 07 January 2013
Scientific Name
Branta hutchinsii
  • Anseriformes
  • Anatidae
  • Branta
  • B. hutchinsii
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 6 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
21.7 to 29.5 inches
33.5 to 105.8 ounces

International Names

Chinese (汉语) 短嘴黑雁
Danish (Dansk) Lys Dværgcanadagås
Dutch (Nederlands) Kleine Canadese Gans
French (Français) Bernache de Hutchins
German (Deutsch) Zwergkanadagans
Italian (Italiano) Oca della tundra
Japanese (日本語) シジュウガラガン [Kanadagan]
Korean (한국어) 캐나다기러기
Norwegian (Norsk) Polargås
Polish (Polski) bernikla północna
Russian (русский язык) Малая канадская казарка
Spanish (Español) Barnacla de Hutchins
Swedish (Svenska) Dvärgkanadagås
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