The Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) has a black head and neck, white patches on the face, and a brown body. So named because it was often seen flying towards Canada and living there. It is now found all over North America and lives just about anywhere. 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. There are 7 recognised subspecies of Canada geese: Atlantic, Hudson Bay or Interior, Giant, Moffitt's or Great Basin, Lesser, Dusky and Vancouver. The Giant Canada goose is the largest goose in the world, with some individuals weighing more than 20 pounds. Canada geese can are found in most types of wetland. Although they are waterfowl, they spend as much time on land as they do in the water.
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