Canada Goose

Branta canadensis (Linneaus, 1758)

Introduced from North America, the Canada Goose has spread widely across the UK. A large goose, the Canada Goose has a long black neck and head, with white throat patch. Their backs and wings are a mixture of browns, with a paler belly. They are noisy birds and can often be heard in flight in small flocks.

Canada Goose

Identification

Introduced from North America, the Canada Goose has spread widely across the UK. A large goose, the Canada Goose has a long black neck and head, with white throat patch. Their backs and wings are a mixture of browns, with a paler belly. They are noisy birds and can often be heard in flight in small flocks.

ORDER

Anseriformes

FAMILY

Anatidae

TYPE

Waterfowl

Introduced from North America in the 17th Century, Canada Geese are now widespread throughout England.

Can be found on most inland water bodies, including lakes, ponds and rivers, as well as on seashores. At Wyke Farm they can often be seen on the main lake or feeding in the surrounding fields.

Grass and aquatic plants

Canada Geese can be see year round on the lake at Wyke Farm. In 2021 there were 3 breeding pairs on the lake.

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LATIN NAME

Branta canadensis

LENGTH (CM)

95

WINGSPAN (CM)

170

WEIGHT (G)

4600

AVERAGE LIFESPAN (YRS)

6

CONSERVATION STATUS
  • Amber: moderate conservation concern
  • Green: low conservation concern
  • Introduced: non-native species
  • Red: high conservation concern

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