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Canada Goose

Branta canadensis


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.


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


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