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Lesser Canada Goose

Branta canadensis parvipes.


trying to sort out the Canada/Cackling Goose complex. I uploaded a spotting of a Lesser Canadian Goose. The second picture is a regular Canadian Goose ,just for Comparision.


Native to the region of North America the Lesser Canadian Goose is found all across Canada and the North American continent. The bird makes its nest close to water bodies such as lakes, streams and ponds. It is very selective when it comes to laying its eggs because it requires a shallow depressed area that has to be lined with plant material. A large population of Canadian Geese is found in the Great Lakes region. The geese faced a massive loss of natural habitat during the early 20th century along with over-hunting. The consequences of this were a massive reduction in the population of the species. By the 1950s the subspecies known as the Giant Canada Goose had been registered as extinct. However about a decade later a small flock of the variety was discovered in Minnesota causing a renewal of the records. Over the years much effort has been made in order to prevent the geese from facing extinction. A succession of new game laws have been passed along with a variety of different preservation programs and habitat recreation that has helped in recovering the diminishing population of the bird. The restoration efforts have been so successful that in some areas the over population of the Lesser Canada Geese is being considered as quite a menace. Their droppings infested with bacteria are scattered all over the region and their nocturnal calls along with the confrontational behavior is causing residents problems in the region.

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Hema 8 years ago

@ Karen ,the Branta canadensis has many subspecies. Very confusing and interesting1

KarenSaxton 8 years ago

Isn't the brant the cackling goose?

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Fresno, California, USA

Spotted on Jan 9, 2012
Submitted on Jan 9, 2012

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