The Canada Goose


The Branta Canadensis, better known as is a magnificent
bird which can be found all over North America. People from all over North
America look towards the sky when the Canada Geese go honking overhead in their
trademark "V" formation, and because they nest all over Canada and some of the
United States many people have a chance to witness the birds migration to the
nesting grounds and back to the wintering grounds. The Canada Goose is
respected by so many of us because of it's dignity and courage and refusal to
give up. Over the years the Canada Goose has picked up many slang names, some
of these are: Canadian Goose, Canadian Honker, Honker, Honker Goose, Big Honker,
Old Honker, Boy ...

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has an acute sense of hearing, it's ears are positioned on the side of it's
head (Wormer). They have either no sense of smell or a very poor one, but this
does not impede the goose in any way (Wormer). Although there is a large
variation in size all subspecies of Canada Geese look the same physically
(Wormer) The male and female Canada Goose look almost exactly the same except
the female can usually be recognized because it is smaller and less aggressive
(Wormer). Colors also vary but, the color pattern is generally the same for all
the subspecies (Godfrey). The head and neck are dark black with a large white
patch on each cheek which meet under the chin, this is the Canada Goose's most
easily recognized characteristic because it is unique to the Canada Goose
(Wormer). The upper parts of the body as well as the wings are greyish brown,
the feathers tipped with brownish white (Godfrey). The tail is black with the
upper tail coverts white and the under tail coverts are ...

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week, further growth depends on the
subspecies (Breen). There are eleven subspecies of the Canada Goose but the
characteristics that separate them usually cannot be seen from a distance
(Wormer). Branta Canadensis Minima, also known as the Cackling Canada Goose is
the smallest of all subspecies weighing only two and a half to four pounds
(Wormer). It is the darkest in color and has the highest pitch call (Wormer).
Branta Canadensis Hutchinsii, also known as the Richardson Canada Goose weighs
three to seven pounds and is light in color, it's call has a pitch slightly
deeper than that of the Cackling Canada Goose (Wormer). Branta Canadensis
taverneri, also known as Taverner's Canada Goose ...

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