Canada Goose
Branta canadensis

Field Marks
  • Large long-necked goose
  • Black bill
  • Black head and neck
  • White throat patch extends up to cheek
  • White under tail coverts
  • Black tail


Canada Geese must have open water with low banks so they can have access to aquatic plants. Places such as swamps marshes, meadows, and lakes are among some of the favorite nesting areas.  


Canada Geese are common permanent residents in the Atlanta area. They are often seen in ponds at golf courses.