Distribution - North America from the tundra to the southern regions of temperate latitudes. The main breeding areas are Alaska and Canada. The southern populations of the Canadian goose are sedentary, others are migratory, wintering in the southern Unite
Length - 55-110 cm.
Weight - 2-6.5 kg.
The diet includes a variety of herbaceous vegetation.
Life expectancy is up to 25 years in the wild and over 40 years in captivity.
The largest representative of its kind, larger than the gray goose.
Form permanent pairs. They have their own nesting site, but are quite tolerant of neighbors. Outside the nesting season, birds keep in large flocks.
The female lays an average of 7 off-white eggs. Incubation lasts 28 days. At this time, the male keeps nearby. After hatching, the brood is guarded by both birds.
Species and people
In America, the Canadian goose is a massive hunting object. In Europe - decoration of city and park water bodies. Birds easily get used to the presence of humans and the environment of large cities, where their numbers are growing rapidly. Because of this, in many areas of the United States it is necessary to take measures to limit the number.
In Europe and New Zealand, imported birds have formed numerous local populations. Birds nesting in Sweden and Finland overwinter on the North Sea coast, primarily in Denmark and the Netherlands.