The spectacle of Canada geese as they honk their way across the sky in “V” formation confirms the shift in seasons.
- All Canadas have a greyish body and a black head and neck with a distinctive white cheek patch
- There are numerous races or subspecies with substantial differences in weight and size. Smaller races are about the size of a large duck, while larger races can exceed nine kilograms with a wingspan of more than a metre.
- Among the first to arrive north in spring, they are among the last to leave as winter returns.
- They mate for life and both parents raise the young.
Habitat: Various, more often in open areas on and around wetlands of all types. Often found in cities and highly adaptable to human presence.
Range: Coast to coast in Canada and into the far north.
- Populations are generally increasing, partly because of habitat restoration and partly because they adapt superbly to the presence of man – feeding on waste grain in crop lands, nesting in urban areas and grazing on lawns.