Canada Goose

Branta canadensis
A Canada Goose specimen on display in the exhibit "Birds of D.C."

This goose feeds on aquatic vegetation and grasses. It has become an agricultural pest in some areas where it moves from water bodies to fields in order to feed (3). Although often aggressive, this goose is gregarious, occurring in flocks during winter and breeding colonially on larger water bodies (5). The nest, a down-lined scrape, is typically situated among vegetation (5). During early April between 5 and 6 (up to 11) white eggs are laid. The female incubates the eggs for 28-30 days, while the male guards the nest close-by (5). Both sexes care for the young, which fledge after around 9 weeks, and stay with the parents throughout the winter (5).

DC Information

Very abundant migrant and wintering species from September through April. Found in bays, lakes, and reservoirs as well as cultivated fields. Sexes are similar.

Specimen Information

Date: 1878 or earlier
Collected By: EW Nelson
Locality:  Chicago, IL
Sex: Not known
Catalog ID: 72823

Distribution Map

distribution map for this species

Bird Vocalizations

Branta canadensis

Sound from xeno-canto. XC11837 Branta canadensis (Canada Goose)

Sound from xeno-canto. XC27165 Branta canadensis (Canada Goose)