|Irish Name:||Gé Cheanadach|
|Scientific name:||Branta canadensis|
Escaped from waterfowl collection & now thriving in the wild.
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.
Disyllabic, nasal and loud 'ah-hank', with many other deep honking calls.
Grazers, and also feed on stubble.
They nest in areas free of disturbance and near to water, always well hidden.
Most Canada Geese winter close to their breeding areas, and are regularly seen in parks.
Most regularly recorded at Strangford Lough in County Down and Upper Lough Erne in County Fernanagh (c. 200-300 birds at each). They are also prevalent in the north midlands, especially the border counties of Leitrim, Cavan and Fermanagh. Drumgay Lough in County Fermanagh and the Lough Oughter Complex in County Cavan are the best sites.
Occasionally wild birds from the Greenland population are recorded with Barnacle Geese on the west coast of Ireland in winter.
Brent Goose (Light-bellied)
Branta bernicla hrota