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Lesser Canada Goose

Branta canadensis parvipes

Description:

I saw this smaller Canada goose among the others at Van Saun today.

Notes:

I had seen it before, and had asked the local Audubon society if they thought it was a cackling goose, but they said no. Now, after consulting the ID book, it may be a Lesser Canada Goose (parvipes) Can someone help with ID? Thanks! The goose on the left is the one in question. The photo allows you to see it next to a normal Canada goose. Note the smaller size and much shorter, stubbier neck,

1 Species ID Suggestions

Hema
Hema 9 years ago
Lesser Canada Goose
B. c. parvipes


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9 Comments

Liam
Liam 9 years ago

They are both Lesser Canada Geese. Note that the bird on the left has its neck contracted in a resting position, and the bird on the right has its neck extended, thus giving the bird on the left an even more contracted look. The breast is too pale for Cackling and the bills are not stubby enough.

PatrickCarney
PatrickCarney 9 years ago

Thanks! Liam has helped me with ID before, and does look like the lesser canada goose in your photo, too.

Hema
Hema 9 years ago

there is a distinct difference in breast coloration.
You might want to leave it as a n unknown spotting,till liam sees it. He could help ID it.

Hema
Hema 9 years ago
Hema
Hema 9 years ago

Patrick ,this is my Aleutian cackling goose
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/864...

PatrickCarney
PatrickCarney 9 years ago

The cackling goose doesn't seem to have a white breast like this goose though...

Perhaps the difference has something to do with the bird's age or gender?

DavidMroczkowski
DavidMroczkowski 9 years ago

Take a look at Cornell's Canada Goose page...
http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Canad...
and then the cackling goose...
http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Cackl...
I would say it's the Cackling Goose.

AshleyCollins
AshleyCollins 9 years ago

I would say its a Richardson's

Hema
Hema 9 years ago

You are correct about it being different. If you browse thru my bird spottings you will see all sorts of water fowl. it could very well be a lesser Canada goose. Look at it's breast . it is all white. Cackling geese have a different coloration on the. chest.Other similar looking geese have a buff colored chest.
Just a feedback.

PatrickCarney
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PatrickCarney

River Edge, New Jersey, USA

Spotted on Feb 9, 2012
Submitted on Feb 9, 2012

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