Canada Goose


Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)


  • Length: Up to 122 cm (48 inches)
  • Males are generally larger than females.


  • Adult: Distinctive with a black head, neck, bill, and eyes, complemented by white cheek patches. The breast feathers are light tan or cream-colored. The back is brownish, while the rump is white with a black tail. Their legs and webbed feet are also black.
  • Juvenile: Similar to adults but paler in coloration.


Canada Geese have become a common sight in urban areas, inhabiting parks and golf courses. Contact Us They graze on grass and leave droppings, creating a nuisance. Their presence can lead to confrontations, especially if people approach their goslings, as the parents may become aggressive.

    Pest Profile Canada Goose

    Impact: Excessive grazing by Canada Geese can damage turf. In particular, their presence near airports poses a significant risk, potentially leading to aircraft incidents.

    Range: These geese are found throughout Canada.

    Nesting Preference: Both male and female Canada Geese are involved in raising their young and are highly protective of their nest site. When feeding in flocks, some individuals act as sentries to alert others of predators.

    Lifespan: The average lifespan of a Canada Goose ranges from 10 to 25 years.


    • Male: Emits a low-pitched honk.
    • Female: Produces a higher-pitched “hink” sound.


    Pros of Canada Geese in Urban Areas:

    • They contribute to the biodiversity and natural beauty of urban parks and golf courses.
    • Observing these geese can provide educational and recreational opportunities for city dwellers.

    Cons of Canada Geese in Urban Areas:

    • Their droppings can create unsanitary conditions and damage grass.
    • Aggressive behavior can pose a risk to people, especially during the nesting season.
    • Their presence near airports is hazardous, increasing the risk of bird strikes with aircraft.

    Get ‘Em Out Wildlife Control employs effective management strategies that balance the ecological benefits and challenges posed by Canada Geese in urban environments.

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