Scientific Name: Branta canadensis
Classification: Game Species
Abundance: Common throughout state
Species Profile (pdf)
With its characteristic “honk”, widespread breeding distribution and ability to adapt to suburban environments, the Canada goose is likely the most recognized waterfowl species in North Carolina. Although similar in appearance, Canada geese can be divided into 11 subspecies partially based on body size, subtle differences in coloration and breeding distribution. Although most sub - species or populations are migratory in nature, populations of non-migratory Canada geese have been increasing in North Carolina and elsewhere over the last 20 years.
To learn more about the Canada Goose, view the species profile and click on the other tabs on this page.
Waterfowl in North Carolina
Sandy Mush Game Land Birding Check List (PDF)