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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Anseriformes
Family:Anatidae
Genus:Branta
Genus species:Branta canadensis

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:56-110 cm
Weight:.95-9.0 kg
Identification:The Canada goose has a brownish body with a black head. It has a long black neck and a white cheek patch.
Habitat:Lakes, ponds, bays, marshes, fields
Diet:Omnivore: grass, aquatic plants, insects, mollusks, crustaceans, small fish
Reproduction:Canada geese return to their birthplace to breed every season. The female incubates her five eggs for 25-30 days. The nest is usually a shallow scrape on the ground. Six to nine weeks after hatching, the young are taking their first flight.
Strong pair and family bonds are commonly formed between Canada geese. They feed in small flocks.
Behavior:This is a migratory species, using the same routes for several generations.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:There are 12 geographically distinct races of Canada geese.

Other Information

Geographic:North America Date:1972-06 Subjects:duck-like bird
Canada goose
Canada goose -- Infancy
Branta
Anatidae
Anseriformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata
Geeses
Water birds
Waterfowl