Canada Goose

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 26 July 2007
Scientific Name
Branta canadensis
  • Anseriformes
  • Anatidae
  • Branta
  • B. canadensis
Birdorable Family
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
30 to 43 inches
50 to 71 inches
112 to 224 ounces


International Names

Czech (Cesky) Berneška Velká
Danish (Dansk) Canadagås
Dutch (Nederlands) Grote Canadese Gans
Finnish (Suomi) Kanadanhanhi
French (Français) Bernache du Canada
German (Deutsch) Kanadagans
Italian (Italiano) L'oca del Canada
Japanese (日本語) シジュウカラガン (Shijuukara-gan)
Norwegian (Norsk) Kanadagås
Polish (Polski) Bernikla kanadyjska
Russian (русский язык) канадская казарка
Spanish (Español) Barnacla Canadiense
Swedish (Svenska) Kanadagås
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