Home Forum Resources Shop Journey Log Back to map



intro1234567891011121314151617181920212223


Timeline
Lewis and Clark
SHOWING RECORD: 2 of 6   Hutchins's Goose
PreviousNextJournals and Maps
image: Hutchins's Goose
Illustration from National Geographic's Field Guide to the Birds of North America
Hutchins's Goose

Branta canadensis hutchinsii

Subspecies of Canada Goose



First Noted by Expedition
May 5, 1805, above mouth of the Poplar River, Montana.
 

Description
Brownish body with black head, long black neck, conspicuous white cheek patch. The smaller Brant has a shorter neck and lacks white cheek patch. Length: small races 22-26 in (56-66 cm); large races 35-45 in (89-114 cm).
 

Voice
Rich musical honking in larger races; high-pitched cackling in smaller races.
 

Habitat
Lakes, bays, rivers, and marshes. Often feeds in open grasslands and stubble fields.
 

Range
Breeds from Alaska east to Baffin Island and south to California, Illinois, and Massachusetts. Winters south to northern Mexico and Gulf Coast. Widespread as a semi-domesticated bird in city parks and on reservoirs.
 

Note
Well known for their V-shaped migrating flocks and rich, sonorous honking, Canada geese are among the most familiar of North America's waterfowl.

Species information from enature.com
ADVERTISEMENT

Subscribe Online
Your subscriptions help National Geographic conservation efforts worldwide >>



ADVERTISEMENT
Columbian Black-Tailed Deer
Hutchins's Goose
Northern Plains Striped Skunk
Shiras's Moose
Citadel Rock
Sandstone Bluff