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The Canada goose is one of the most recognised geese in the UK and is notorious for the loud honking noise that it makes. As its name suggests, it originates from North America, where there are 11 sub-species.

One standing adult canada goose Canada Goose

They can be seen throughout the UK and at all times of the year. Canada geese love water so lakes, reservoirs, canals and rivers are great places to spot them, as well as parks.

The four smallest subspecies of Canada goose are now known as a different species altogether. They have been renamed the cackling goose. There are more than 82,000 adult Canada geese living in the UK


Appearance: A large bird with a long black neck and head that has a white patch around its chin and cheeks. The body has dark brown feathers on top which turn to coffee-colour and eventually cream on the breast of the goose.

Size: A large bird, 75 – 110 cm, with a wingspan of up to 1.8 metres

Weight: 3 – 9kg

Lifespan: Up to 25 years

Diet: Canada geese are vegetarians and feed on roots, grass, leaves and seeds

Family: Anatidae

Last date edited: 27 August 2015