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Canada goose


The Canada goose, originally a Northern American species, has been introduced to various countries in Europe. In Finland, the Canada goose nests in the central and southern parts of the country, as well as, on the coastlines all the way up to Oulu. The Canada goose is a large goose that defends their territories in an aggressive manner. The Canada goose thrives in various environments, ranging from harsh islets of the outer archipelago to lush inland waters. Their food consists of green plants, gastropods, worms, and other invertebrates.


The Canada goose species is a thriving game animal in Finland. The annual quarry is about 4 000-5 000 individuals.


The Scandinavian Canada goose migrates to Southern Sweden, Denmark and Northern Germany for winter grounds.

Canada goose

Branta canadensis

Class: Aves – Birds

Order: Anseriformes – Ducks

Family: Anatidae – Mallards, Geese And Swans

Size: Weight: 3-5,-5 kg, wingspan: 160-175cm.

Breeding: The female Canada goose lays 4-6- eggs in April-May, incubation: 28-30 days and nights. Independent in their first winter, sexual maturity in 3 years.

Lifespan: According to ringing data, the oldest Canada goose has lived over 24 years.

Did you know…

Did you know that the Canada goose was brought to Finland as a game animal in the 1960’s? The Canada goose adapted extremely well to living on our soils, and is even causing some problems while grazing on the green pastures and dropping its excrements all around, particularly on the golf course greeneries in the country. The problem, though, at the moment, is merely cosmetic.