Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

Introduced gamebird.

 

Flocks of several hundred may be seen on the river.

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The Canada Goose is the only wild goose in NZ and flies in the traditional V formation, making honking calls. The head and neck are black, as are the eye and beak, with a distinctive white band that runs down each cheek and under the chin. The wings and back are brown with faint pale bars and the underparts are pale brown or cream.

 

The Canada Goose feeds on pasture and is in some areas considered a pest.