Branta canadensis commonly known as the Canada Goose is one of the most widespread waterfowl species. It was estimated that in 2000 there were an estimated 5 million Canada Geese in North America. This goose has a large brown to gray body and massive wing span and is easily identified by the white patches on the face of its large black head and neck. Although a North American native, this species commonly migrates to Europe. A remarkably adaptable bird and it has establish urban as well as rural nesting colonies as far south as southern Texas where populations have exploded to the point that, like many states with nesting colonies of Canada geese, Texas has now opened a special early fall season to manage the growing populations.
In addition to North America, the Canada Goose now has been introduced to other environs including the UK, Argentina, Falkland Islands, Chile and New Zealand.