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Canada goose gosling (Branta canadensis)

The Canada goose (Branta canadensis), sometimes called the Canadian goose, is a large wild goose with a black head and neck, white cheeks, white under its chin, and a brown body. It is native to North America’s arctic and temperate regions, and it is occasionally found during migration across the Atlantic in northern Europe.

It has been introduced to the United Kingdom, Ireland, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, New Zealand, Japan, Chile, Argentina, and the Falkland Islands.

Like most geese, the Canada goose is primarily herbivorous and normally migratory; often found on or close to fresh water, the Canada goose is also common in brackish marshes, estuaries, and lagoons.

Seen in the gardens of Chiswick House


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