Geese: Canadian Goose

Geese: Canadian Goose

Spread and habitat

Canadian Loca, also known as Canada Goose or Swan Goose, is native to North America. It has also been introduced in Northern Europe and New Zealand. It is often found in city parks (England) together with swans. Elegant in flight and fast swimmer. It adapts very well to different climatic conditions. Migratory species that moves in numerous schools always following the same routes (from north to up and vice versa) to always nest in the areas of origin (between the 50th and the 60th parallel). Among the most intelligent geese, it is easily domesticated especially if small. Many populations that have developed in the various areas and that differ only in size.

Morphological characteristics

Sexual dimorphism is not evident.
Head and neck are black with a white band on the throat and cheeks. The back and wings are brown with thin whitish lines. The whitish chest and belly, the black tail.
Dark beak, eyes and legs.
The size varies according to populations from 60 to 110 cm.

Nutrition and behavior

An omnivorous species, it feeds on everything found in the mud and in the grass (molluscs, insects, seeds, sprouts. In captivity it does not show particular needs as long as the diet is varied and balanced.
Monogamous species. The male is particularly aggressive during the mating season. Fixed couples build their nests along the waterways. Water, like all geese, is not essential, especially loving to graze than being in the water. The females lay three to nine eggs that hatch for about 28 days. Both parents are looked after and defended. They also reproduce easily in captivity where they often hybridize with similar species (domestic goose and wild goose).

Canadian Goose - Branta canadensis (photo www.natureinfinland.com)


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