Branta canadensis canadensis

Common Names: Atlantic Canada goose
Category: Birds
Sub-category: Ducks, Geese, & Swans

The black head and neck with a white "chinstrap" distinguish the Canada goose from all other goose species, with the exception of the cackling goose and barnacle goose (the latter, however, has a black breast and gray rather than brownish body plumage). Canada geese are monogamous and will often stay together their entire lives.

Canada geese are found all-over Connecticut, often grazing on grassy areas such as lawns and golf courses. They may also be found near or on lakes and ponds and the shoreline. They have adapted to human presence and will often be found even in urban areas or in close proximity to people and traffic. They generally leave behind a great mess of droppings and as a result are often considered pests.

Canada geese are protected from hunting and capture outside of designated hunting seasons in the United States by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

Edible Notes: Canada geese are edible, but they have strong game flavor compared to the domestic goose. They lack the fat of a domestic goose and require barding or larding when cooking.
Warnings: Geese have a tendency to attack humans when they feel themselves or their goslings to be threatened. First, the geese stand erect, spread their wings, and produce a hissing sound. Next, the geese charge. They may then bite or attack with their wings. While their bites are not generally dangerous, they do pose a potential threat and caution should be taken. It's typically more of a show than an actual threat.