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Conservation status: Introduced

A large goose, with a distinctive black head and neck and large white throat patch. An introduced species from N America, it has successfully spread to cover most of the UK. It forms noisy flocks and is often regarded as a nuisance in areas where large numbers occur on amenity grassland and parks.



Latin name

Branta canadensis


Swans, ducks and geese (Anatidae)

Where to see them

A familiar goose seen around lakes, gravel pits and town parks.

When to see them

All year round. In winter, occasional birds of small races are seen with other wild geese species in N Ireland and W Scotland, and may be vagrant wild birds.

What they eat

Vegetation - roots, grass, leaves and seeds.


EuropeUK breeding*UK wintering*UK passage*
-62,000 pairs190,000 birds-



In the UK
All except N Scotland


Patrik Aberg, Xeno-canto

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