WHAT ARE CANADA GEESE?
Canada Geese are found throughout
North America. They have a black neck, bill and
head with occasional white patches and a white strap
under the chin. The body is usually brownish-gray
although colors vary in some of the subspecies.
In some of the smaller subspecies the body is dark
brown in color where as in some of the larger subspecies,
the body is a light gray tone. Underneath, the colors
are much lighter and almost white on the tail. During
flight the tail shows a white semi-circle just above
the black tail. These color patterns are unique
to the Canada Goose.
Females may be slightly smaller than the males,
although both are similar to each other in color
pattern. The bill of Branta canadensis tapers from
the base where it is high to the end where it has
narrowed. The bill has lamellae, or teeth around
the outside that are a used as a cutting tool. The
legs are close together with very black feet. This
goose has very large wings that can also be used
as weapons. The weight of Branta canadensis also
varies depending on the subspecies. There are larger
subspecies that weigh about 9 pounds and smaller
subspecies that only weigh 3 pounds.