Nature Journal
with Photos

Canada Goose Identification Tips
(Credit: U. S. Geological Survey)
General Information
- Sexes similar
- Large long-necked goose
- Black bill
- Black head and neck
- White throat patch extends up to cheek
- Brown back, upper wing and flanks
- Brownish-white breast and belly
- White upper tail coverts contrast with black tail
- White undertail coverts
- Great size variation, with some northern subspecies
- Immature similar to adult

Similar species
Similar only to Brant, which has a black breast, white flanks and a small white neck patch rather than a large white throat and cheek patch.
Return to Canada Goose page