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Canada Goose
Background information
Taxonomy Birds
Status Least concern
Range Canada
United States of America
Habitat Lakes
Natural water bodies
Feathers, fur Black head
White "chinstrap
Dark grey wings
Black neck
White underparts
Black tarsus


Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) is a wild goose belonging to the genus Branta, which is native to arctic and temperate regions of North America, having a black head and neck, white patches on the face, and a brownish-gray body. In the movie Rio, Alice and Chloe are Canadian geese in Moose Lake.

Taxonomy

The Canada Goose was one of the many species described by Carl Linnaeus in his 18th-century work Systema Naturae. It belongs to the Branta genus of geese, which contains species with largely black plumage, distinguishing them from the grey species of the Anser genus. The specific epithet canadensis is a New Latin word meaning "from Canada". According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the first citation for the 'Canada Goose' dates back to 1772. The Canada Goose is also referred to as the Canadian Goose.

The Cackling Goose was originally considered to be the same species or a subspecies of the Canada Goose, but in July 2004 the American Ornithologists' Union's Committee on Classification and Nomenclature split the two into two species, making Cackling Goose into a full species with the scientific name Branta hutchinsii. The British Ornithologists' Union followed suit in June 2005.

The AOU has divided the many subspecies between the two animals. To the present species were assigned:

  • Atlantic Canada Goose, Branta canadensis canadensis
  • Interior Canada Goose, Branta canadensis interior
  • Giant Canada Goose, Branta canadensis maxima
  • Moffitt's Canada Goose, Branta canadensis moffitti
  • Vancouver Canada Goose, Branta canadensis fulva
  • Dusky Canada Goose, Branta canadensis occidentalis
  • part of "Lesser complex", Branta canadensis parvipes

The distinctions between the two geese have led to confusion and debate among ornithologists. This has been aggravated by the overlap between the small types of Canada Goose and larger types of Cackling Goose. The old "Lesser Canada Goose" was believed to be a partly hybrid population, with the birds named taverneri considered a mixture of minima, occidentalis and parvipes. In addition, it has been determined that the Barnacle Goose is a derivative of the Cackling Goose lineage, whereas the Hawaiian Goose is an insular representative of the Canada Goose.

Description

The black head and neck with white "chinstrap" distinguish the Canada Goose from all other goose species, with the exception of the Barnacle Goose, but the latter has a black breast, and also grey, rather than brownish, body plumage. There are seven subspecies of this bird, of varying sizes and plumage details, but all are recognizable as Canada Geese. Some of the smaller races can be hard to distinguish from the newly-separated Cackling Goose.

This species ranges from 75 to 110 cm (30 to 43 in) in length and has a 127–185 cm (50–73 in) wingspan. The male usually weighs 3.2–6.5 kg (7.1–14 lb), and can be very aggressive in defending territory. The female looks virtually identical but is slightly lighter at 2.5–5.5 kg (5.5–12 lb), generally 10% smaller than its male counterpart, and has a different honk. An exceptionally large male of the race B. c. maxima, the "giant Canada goose" (which rarely exceed 8 kilograms (18 lb)), weighed 10.9 kilograms (24 lb) and had a wingspan of 2.24 metres (7.3 ft). This specimen is the largest wild goose ever recorded of any species. The life span in the wild of geese that survive to adulthood ranges 10–24 years.

Known Geese

  • Alice and Chloe
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The NēNē-NUI (Hawaiian : "great nēnē ") or WOODWALKING GOOSE (translation of Branta
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Maui
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Hawaiian Islands
. It is known from a large number of subfossil bones (several thousand bones from many dozens of individuals) found in Holocene cave sediments. CONTENTS * 1 Evolution * 2 Extinction * 3 References * 4 External links EVOLUTIONThe nēnē-nui (along with the endangered nēnē and the extinct giant Hawaii goose ) evolved from the Canada goose which migrated to the islands half a million years ago and adapted to the Pacific's tropical environment. This evolution is evidenced from both genetic similarities and outward appearances. An example of this is that Canada geese have black necks, whereas the surviving nēnē are similar in that they have the sides and front of their necks buff-colored with dark furrows . Scientists have also concluded that the two major reasons for this evolution were the loss of migration as well as the change in habitat, which eventually led to the goose's change in wingspan and change in the depth of their skulls and bills
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The HOLOCENE ( /ˈhɒləˌsiːn, ˈhoʊ-/ ) is the geological epoch that began after the Pleistocene at approximately 11,700 years before present . The Holocene is part of the Quaternary period. Its name comes from the Ancient Greek words ὅλος (_holos_, whole or entire) and καινός (_kainos_, new), meaning "entirely recent". It has been identified with the current warm period, known as MIS 1 , and is considered by some to be an interglacial period. The Holocene encompasses the growth and impacts of the human species worldwide, including all its written history , development of major civilizations, and overall significant transition toward urban living in the present. Human impacts on modern-era Earth and its ecosystems may be considered of global significance for future evolution of living species, including approximately synchronous lithospheric evidence, or more recently atmospheric evidence of human impacts. The International Commission on Stratigraphy Subcommission on Quaternary Stratigraphy’s working group on the ' Anthropocene ' (coined by Paul Crutzen and Eugene Stoermer in 2000) note this term is used to denote the present time interval in which many geologically significant conditions and processes have been profoundly altered by human activities. The 'Anthropocene' is not a formally defined geological unit
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TAXONOMY (from Ancient Greek τάξις _(taxis )_, meaning 'arrangement', and -νομία _(-nomia)_, meaning 'method ') is the science of defining and naming groups of biological organisms on the basis of shared characteristics. Organisms are grouped together into taxa (singular: taxon) and these groups are given a taxonomic rank ; groups of a given rank can be aggregated to form a super group of higher rank, thus creating a taxonomic hierarchy. The principal ranks in modern use are kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus and species. The Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus is regarded as the father of taxonomy, as he developed a system known as Linnaean taxonomy for categorization of organisms and binomial nomenclature for naming organisms. With the advent of such fields of study as phylogenetics , cladistics , and systematics , the Linnaean system has progressed to a system of modern biological classification based on the evolutionary relationships between organisms, both living and extinct
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ANIMALS are multicellular , eukaryotic organisms of the kingdom ANIMALIA (also called METAZOA). The animal kingdom emerged as a clade within Apoikozoa as the sister group to the choanoflagellates . Animals are motile , meaning they can move spontaneously and independently at some point in their lives. Their body plan eventually becomes fixed as they develop , although some undergo a process of metamorphosis later in their lives. All animals are heterotrophs : they must ingest other organisms or their products for sustenance . Most known animal phyla appeared in the fossil record as marine species during the Cambrian explosion , about 542 million years ago. Animals can be divided broadly into vertebrates and invertebrates . Vertebrates have a backbone or spine (vertebral column ), and amount to less than five percent of all described animal species . They include fish , amphibians , reptiles , birds and mammals . The remaining animals are the invertebrates, which lack a backbone. These include molluscs (clams , oysters , octopuses , squid , snails ); arthropods (millipedes , centipedes , insects , spiders , scorpions , crabs , lobsters , shrimp ); annelids (earthworms , leeches ), nematodes (filarial worms , hookworms ), flatworms (tapeworms , liver flukes ), cnidarians (jellyfish , sea anemones , corals ), ctenophores (comb jellies), and sponges
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And see text A CHORDATE is an animal belonging to the phylum CHORDATA; they possess a notochord , a hollow dorsal nerve cord , pharyngeal slits , an endostyle , and a post-anal tail , for at least some period of their life cycle. Chordates are deuterostomes , as during the embryo development stage the anus forms before the mouth. They are also bilaterally symmetric coelomates . In the case of vertebrate chordates, the notochord is usually replaced by a vertebral column during development, and they may have body plans organized by segmentation . Taxonomically, the phylum includes the subphyla Vertebrata , which includes fish , amphibians , reptiles , birds , and mammals ; Tunicata , which includes salps and sea squirts ; and Cephalochordata , comprising the lancelets . There are also additional extinct taxa. The Vertebrata are sometimes considered as a subgroup of the clade Craniata , consisting of chordates with a skull ; the Craniata and Tunicata compose the clade Olfactores. Of the more than 65,000 living species of chordates, about half are bony fish of the superclass Osteichthyes . The world's largest and fastest animals, the blue whale and peregrine falcon respectively, are chordates, as are humans . Fossil chordates are known from at least as early as the Cambrian explosion
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_ Branta bernicla _ _ Branta canadensis _ _ Branta hutchinsii _ _ Branta leucopsis _ _ Branta ruficollis _ _ Branta sandvicensis _ and see text SYNONYMS _Nesochen_ Salvadori , 1895 The BLACK GEESE of the genus _BRANTA_ are waterfowl belonging to the true geese and swans subfamily Anserinae . They occur in the northern coastal regions of the Palearctic and all over North America , migrating to more southernly coasts in winter, and as resident birds in the Hawaiian Islands . Alone in the Southern Hemisphere , a self-sustaining feral population derived from introduced Canada geese is also found in New Zealand . The scientific name _Branta_ is a Latinised form of Old Norse _Brandgás_, "burnt (black) goose). The black geese derive their vernacular name for the prominent areas of black coloration found in all species. They can be distinguished from all other true geese by their legs and feet, which are black or very dark grey. Furthermore, they have black bills and large areas of black on the head and neck, with white (ochre in one species) markings that can be used to tell apart most species. As with most geese, their undertail and uppertail coverts are white. They are also on average smaller than other geese, though some very large taxa are known, which rival the swan goose and the black-necked swan in size
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STORRS LOVEJOY OLSON (born April 3, 1944) is an American biologist and ornithologist who spent his career the Smithsonian Institution
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HELEN FRANCES JAMES (born May 22, 1956) is an American paleontologist and paleornithologist who has published extensively on the fossil birds of the Hawaiian Islands
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The HAWAIIAN LANGUAGE (Hawaiian: _ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi_, pronounced ) is a Polynesian language that takes its name from Hawaiʻi , the largest island in the tropical North Pacific archipelago where it developed. Hawaiian, along with English , is an official language of the State of Hawaii . King Kamehameha III established the first Hawaiian-language constitution in 1839 and 1840. For various reasons, including territorial legislation establishing English as the official language in schools, the number of native speakers of Hawaiian gradually decreased during the period from the 1830s to the 1950s. Hawaiian was essentially displaced by English on six of seven inhabited islands. In 2001, native speakers of Hawaiian amounted to under 0.1% of the statewide population. Linguists were unsure that Hawaiian and other endangered languages would survive. Nevertheless, from around 1949 to the present day, there has been a gradual increase in attention to and promotion of the language. Public Hawaiian-language immersion preschools called Pūnana Leo were started in 1984; other immersion schools followed soon after that. The first students to start in immersion preschool have now graduated from college and many are fluent Hawaiian speakers. The federal government has acknowledged this development
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The NENE ( Branta
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Hawaiian Islands
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Oahu
, Maui
Maui
, Kauaʻi , Molokai
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, and Hawaiʻi . The Hawaiian name nēnē comes from its soft call. The specific name sandvicensis refers to the Sandwich Islands, an old name for the Hawaiian Islands. It is thought that the nene evolved from the Canada goose (Branta canadensis), which most likely arrived on the Hawaiian islands about 500,000 years ago, shortly after the island of Hawaiʻi was formed. This ancestor is the progenitor of the nene as well as the prehistoric Giant Hawaiʻi goose and nēnē-nui ( Branta
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Oʻahu
and Kauaʻi may be of the same species. The Giant Hawaiʻi goose was restricted to the island of Hawaiʻi and measured 1.2 m (3.9 ft) in length with a mass of 8.6 kg (19 lb), making it more than four times larger than the nene
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Distant geese honking (help ·info ) SCIENTIFIC CLASSIFICATION Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Aves Order: Anseriformes Family: Anatidae Subfamily: Anserinae Tribe: ANSERINI GENERA _Anser _ _ Branta _ Chen and see text GEESE are waterfowl belonging to the tribe ANSERINI of the family Anatidae . This tribe comprises the genera _Anser _ (the grey geese), _ Branta _ (the black geese) and _Chen _ (the white geese). Some other birds, mostly related to the shelducks , have "goose" as part of their names. More distantly related members of the family Anatidae are swans , most of which are larger than true geese, and ducks , which are smaller. CONTENTS * 1 Etymology * 2 True geese and their relatives * 3 Other birds called "geese" * 4 In popular culture * 5 See also * 6 References * 7 Further reading * 8 External links ETYMOLOGY Canada goose gosling The word "goose" is a direct descendent of Proto-Indo-European root, *_ghans-_. In Germanic languages , the root gave Old English _gōs_ with the plural _gēs_ and _gandres_ (becoming Modern English goose, geese, gander, and gosling, respectively), Frisian _goes_, _gies_ and _guoske_, New High German _Gans_, _Gänse_, and _Ganter_, and Old Norse _gās_
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The Agonistic Behavior of the Canada Goose (Branta Canadensis Canadensis)

The Agonistic Behavior of the Canada Goose (Branta Canadensis Canadensis) THE AGONISTIC BEHAVIOR OF THE CANADA GOOSE (BRANTA CANADENSIS CANADENSIS) I. ATTACK BEHAVIOR by ROBERT B. KLOPMAN 1) 2) (Sub-department of Animal Behaviour, Cambridge University, U.K.) (With 14 Figures) (Rec. 7-VIII-1967) 1) Present address: 3863 Douglas Road, Miami, Florida, U.S.A. 2) It gives me great pleasure to thank Professor W. H. THORPE, F. R. S., for making this study possible in the first instance. His critical advice and generous help with many problems are appreciated. I am deeply indebted to Dr R. A. HINDE for his constant en- couragement and valuable critical advice in all stages of the work, including the prepa- ration of this paper. Mr D. V. LINDLEY, Statistical Laboratory, Cambridge provided invaluable counsel. Special thanks are given Professor JAMES GRAY for the privilege of working at the Zoological Laboratories. Dr H. PHILLIP ZEIGLER read the manuscript and made many suggestions for its improvement. I am pleased also to acknowledge the valu- able critical advice of Dr R. J. ANDREW. A debt of gratitude is owed Dr D. F. POULSON, Chairman of the Biology Department, Yale University for providing many facilities dur- ing the preparation of the manuscript. The members of the field station staff at http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Behaviour Brill
THE AGONISTIC BEHAVIOR OF THE CANADA GOOSE (BRANTA CANADENSIS CANADENSIS) I. ATTACK BEHAVIOR by ROBERT B. KLOPMAN 1) 2) (Sub-department of Animal Behaviour, Cambridge University, U.K.) (With 14 Figures) (Rec. 7-VIII-1967) 1) Present address: 3863 Douglas Road, Miami, Florida, U.S.A. 2) It gives me great pleasure to thank Professor W. H. THORPE, F. R. S., for making this study possible in the first instance. His critical advice and generous help with many problems are appreciated. I am deeply indebted to Dr R. A. HINDE for his constant en- couragement and valuable critical advice in all stages of the work, including the prepa- ration of this paper. Mr D. V. LINDLEY, Statistical Laboratory, Cambridge provided invaluable counsel. Special thanks are given Professor JAMES GRAY for the privilege of working at the Zoological Laboratories. Dr H. PHILLIP ZEIGLER read the manuscript and made many suggestions for its improvement. I am pleased also to acknowledge the valu- able critical advice of Dr R. J. ANDREW. A debt of gratitude is owed Dr D. F. POULSON, Chairman of the Biology Department, Yale University for providing many facilities dur- ing the preparation of the manuscript. The members of the field station staff at Madingley (Miss E. M. BARRAUD, Mr A. E. WILSON and Mr D. F. SAINT) deserve profuse thanks for their help in animal care and so many other kindnesses. Mr PETER SCOTT, Director, The Wildfowl Trust contributed valuable experimental animals, and gave indispensable advice concerning disease control and its prevention. Mr ALAN VAN SANT'S fine drawings done from photographs taken by the author should be cited. Finally, I wish to thank Mr KEN KLOSE for his admirable German summary. This research was supported by a predoctoral National Institutes of Health Research Fellowship, MF- 8219.
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