Other Name: Canadian Goose
Range stretches across the Arctic and temperate regions of North America.
Also occur in northern Europe, on the Kamchatka Peninsula in eastern Siberia, eastern China and throughout Japan. Introduced into New Zealand.
Measure between 29.9 – 43.3 inches (76 – 110 cm) in length (including the tail) and have a wingspan of 50–71 inches (127 – 180 cm).
The plumage is mostly greyish-brown, with the exception of the black head and the long black neck, the whitish chest and characteristic white patches on the cheeks that run under its chin like a strap (commonly referred to as "chin straps").
The large webbed feet and wide, flat bill are black. The bill has lamellae (miniature ridges inside the bills of water-feeding birds or "teeth") around the outside edges of the bill that are used as a cutting tool.