|Both sexes have black heads, necks and bills,with white cheek patches, and grayish-brown backs and wings. The breast and belly gradating from gray to white, and legs and bills are black.
|Highly variable in nest site selection, ranging from dense marshes and muskeg to bucket-type cavity nests in broken off trees.
|Status in North Dakota
|The Canada goose is common to abundant during migration and nesting seasons in North Dakota. Will winter along river systems where open water is available.
|Grazes primarily on grasses, clover and cultivated crops. Feed heavily on agricultural crops during migration and on wintering grounds.
|Included within the species are 11 races of geese, ranging in size from diminutive cackling geese, weighing about three pounds, to the giant Canada goose which averages 12-14 pounds. The giant Canada was once thought extinct, but from a few birds discovered in the early 1960s, it has become the most numerous of the 11 races.