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Canada Goose

Branta canadensis

Description:

Both sexes of Canada geese have a black head and neck except for broad white cheek patches extending from the throat to the rear of the eye. The female of a breeding pair is often smaller. The breast, abdomen and flanks range in coloring from a light gray to a dark chocolate brown, either blending into the black neck or being separated from it by a white collar. The back and scapulars are darker brown, the rump is blackish and the tail is blackish-brown with a U-shaped white band on the rump. The bill, legs and feet are black. Most subspecies are uniformly large and pale and exhibit the characteristic "honking" call.

Habitat:

Small lake in Angel Fire, NM.


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Angel Fire, New Mexico, USA

Lat: 36.36, Long: -105.29

Spotted on Feb 25, 2014
Submitted on Mar 8, 2014

Reference

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