Branta canadensis L.

Canada goose
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Description 1

A large anatidae (average of 6.4 kg, 76-110 cm in height and a wingspan of 1.3-1.7 m). Very characteristic black head and and long neck with white cheeks. Brown plumage on the body with different shades of brown and grey, and a cream or white chest. Short tail, beak and black feet. Males are slightly bigger than females. Goslings are yellow with green-grey feathers on the dorsal and head.

Biology 1

Bred between March and June in a semi-colonial way. Between 2 to 11 eggs are laid, the average being 6. Incubation lasts for around 28-30 days and flying begins at around 40-48 days old. Omnivore, that feeds primarily on plant matter, rhizomes, leaves, seeds and fruits.

Habitat 1

Natural and pseudonatural wetlands, gardened areas with access to water and irrigated land.

Sources 1

Spanish Catalogue of Exotic Invasive Species and Document sheets of the Exotic Invasive Species Act 630/2013 (GEIB)

Spanish Catalogue of Exotic Invasive Species - Birds 1

http://www.mapama.gob.es/es/biodiversidad/temas/conservacion-de-especies/especies-exoticas-invasoras/ce_eei_aves.aspx

Fuentes y Créditos

  1. Adaptado por INVASORES - administrador de un trabajo de (c) cartotragsatec, algunos derechos reservados (CC BY-SA), http://natusfera.gbif.es/guide_taxa/1981

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