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Canada Goose
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The Canada Goose is a common North American goose. It makes a loud, honking sound. There are many subspecies of this goose, and they range widely in size; the smallest of these (called "cackling geese" because of their high-pitched calls) are only 1/4 the size of the largest (called "honkers"). Many Canada Geese migrate seasonally, flying in a characteristic V-shaped formation.

Anatomy: The Canada Goose has a distinctive white "chinstrap" and a dark head and neck. They are generally brown above and white below. The young Canada Goose looks similar to the adult. The Canada Goose has a plump body, a long neck, and webbed feet. It ranges from 22 to 45 inches (56 to 115 cm) long.

Diet: The diet of the Canada Goose consists mainly of plants.

Eggs and Nests: The Canada Goose's nest is a simple depression in the ground that is lined with grass and feathers. Females lay 2-12 dull white eggs in each clutch (a set of eggs laid at one time).

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