Canada Goose—Bird Facts and Photos

Canadian Goose: Bird Facts and Photos

Estimated reading time: 6 minutes

Time for Canada geese bird facts! Let’s learn about Canadian goose habitat, weight and size, behavior, and see some cute Canada geese and goslings.

Canadian Goose: Bird Facts

Where to Find Them

Canada geese are native to the arctic and temperate regions of North America, but you can find them in many other regions of the world as well, for instance: South America, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe, like here in Germany. These geese are well adapted to the urban environment, and so they are very common in parks, where they like to constantly eat grass and poop it back on the ground.

Parks are a common Canadian goose habitat. If you go to the park and see many Canada geese around, I beg you (from experience)—Never sit on the grass without checking it first!

When they’re grazing in large groups, they remind me a bit of these guys here:

Behavior and Reproduction

As a territorial species, Canada geese can be quite aggressive towards humans and other animals, in particular when protecting their young. My local geese, though, are pretty polite In general, I do my best just to keep my distance.

Canada geese size ranges from 75 to 110 cm (30 to 43 inch) in length and from 127 to 185 cm (50–73 inch) in wingspan. The goose’s weight ranges from 2.6–6.5 kg (5+3⁄4–14+1⁄4 lb). Males and females looks almost the same, but the female is slightly lighter than the male.

To listen to Canada geese honks and other vocalizations, check out this link.

Canada geese are monogamous birds, and find a mate around the second year of their lives. The female lays between two and nine eggs (five in average) and both parents guard the nest. The eggs of the Canada goose hatch after 24–32 days after laying. The goslings can immediately walk, swim, and find food, while their parents protect them. They become fledglings (that is, capable of flight) at around six to nine weeks of age. In the wild, the lifespan of Canada geese ranges between 10 and 24 years.

Here’s how cute Canada goslings are:

Ryan Gosling

Sorry, wrong one. Here’s the right one. It was taken last spring (2022) here in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Canadian Geese And Goslings

My Camera Gear

All photos were taken with my Nikon Coolpix P950. You can get the camera on Amazon. Here are products you might be interested in:

More Canadian Geese Photos

Want to Learn More About Birds and Photography?

You can have a look at my previous posts about the robin and the heron.

In addition, the Great Courses have some interesting courses about birds and animals in general.

Have a look at the following links:

  1. The Scientific Wonder of Birds.
  2. Birding in North America.
  3. Zoology: Understanding the Animal World.

To learn more about photography, check out Peltier Photo Courses.

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