Canada Goose

Irish Name: Gé Cheanadach
Scientific name: Branta canadensis
Bird Family: Geese
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Conservation status

Status

Escaped from waterfowl collection & now thriving in the wild

Identification

Large goose, with black neck and head, and a broad white cheek-band running from the throat to the rear of the eye. The body is brownish, the breast pale, and it is paler below.

Voice

Disyllabic, nasal and loud 'ah-hank', with many other deep honking calls.

Diet

Grazers, and also feed on stubble.

Breeding

They nest in areas free of disturbance and near to water, always well hidden.

Wintering

Most Canada Geese winter close to their breeding areas, and are regularly seen in parks.

Monitored by

Irish Wetland Bird Survey (I-WeBS).

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Barnacle Goose

Irish Name:
Gé ghiúrainn
Scientific name:
Branta leucopsis
Bird Family:
Geese

Brent Goose (Light-bellied)

Irish Name:
Cadhan
Scientific name:
Branta bernicla hrota
Bird Family:
Geese

Brent Goose (Dark-bellied)

Irish Name:
Cadhan
Scientific name:
Branta bernicla bernicla
Bird Family:
Geese