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Canada Goose, Branta canadensis


Short description of Branta canadensis, Canada Goose

This goose shows unusual variation in size and plumage detail, but all birds are mainly dark brown, with a black head and neck and a band of white across the cheeks and throat. The bill and legs are blackish.

Description of Branta canadensis, Canada Goose status in GB

Canada geese occur rarely as vagrants to GB from native populations in North America, but these are hugely outnumbered by the long-established and now rapidly expanding introduced population.

Habitat summary: Branta canadensis, Canada Goose

These are birds of still and slow-flowing fresh waters that also graze on nearby fields. They are a familiar bird in amenity areas in many urban centres.

Overview table

Environment: Terrestrial and Freshwater
Species status: Probably non-native
Native range: Western Canada, Eastern Canada, Northwestern U.S.A., North-Central U.S.A., Northeastern U.S.A., Yukon, Greenland, Alaska United States
Functional type: Herbivore
Status in England: Probably non-native
Status in Scotland: Probably non-native
Status in Wales: Probably non-native
Location of first record: St James's Park
Date of first record: 1702

Distribution map

Map of the UK with areas shaded to show the UK distribution of Canada Goose

GB Distribution from NBN Atlas

Author's name:

John Marchant

Last updated:

September 26th 2016

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