Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Aves > Order: Anseriformes > Family: Anatidae > Genus: Branta > Species: Branta canadensis > See subspecies
Scientific name Source
Branta canadensis subsp. leucopareia (Brandt, 1836) CITES (2006)

Canada Goose - Branta canadensis (Linnaeus, 1758)

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Quick facts

Threat status Europe Least Concern (IUCN)
Protected by EU Birds Directive and 1 other international agreement
Reported as invasive by NOBANIS, see also fact sheet
Breeding habitats
  • rivers and lakes
  • sparsely vegetated land
  • wetlands
Wintering habitats
  • cropland
Natura 2000 species code A044

Distribution

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Threat and conservation status

IUCN Red List status of threatened species

The IUCN Red List threat status assesses the risk of extinction.

IUCN Red List Category
Not Evaluated
Near Threatened
Regionally Extinct
Not Applicable
Vulnerable
Extinct in the Wild
Data Deficient
Endangered
Extinct
Least Concern
Critically Endangered

EU conservation status

The EU conservation status is assessed for species mentioned in the EU Habitats Directive annexes. The EU Habitats Directive does not cover this species.

Natura 2000 sites

Protected in the following Natura 2000 sites

Sitecode Country Site name Action
DE2210401 Germany Niedersächsisches Wattenmeer und angrenzendes Küstenmeer Map
DE2609401 Germany Emsmarsch von Leer bis Emden Map
DE2709401 Germany Rheiderland Map
DE2719401 Germany Hammeniederung Map
DE2723401 Germany Moore bei Sittensen Map
DE3124401 Germany Truppenübungsplatz Bergen Map
DE3420401 Germany Wesertalaue bei Landesbergen Map
DE3513401 Germany Alfsee Map
DE6014301 Germany Winkeler Aue Map
DE6316401 Germany Lampertheimer Altrhein Map
ES0000024 Spain Doñana Map
ES0000320 Spain Embalses del centro (San Andrés, la Granda, Trasona y la Furta) Map
PLB040003 Poland Dolina Dolnej Wisły Map
PLB280010 Poland Zalew Wiślany Map
SE0230067 Sweden Tåkern Map
SE0230126 Sweden Svensksundsviken Map
SE0230268 Sweden Vättern (östra) Map
SE0230389 Sweden Södra Bråviken Map
SE0420145 Sweden Hammarsjöområdet Map
SE0420146 Sweden Araslövssjöområdet Map
IT20B0501 Italy Viadana, Portiolo, San Benedetto Po e Ostiglia Map
PLH040012 Poland Nieszawska Dolina Wisły Map
SKUEV0125 Slovakia Gajarské alúvium Moravy Map
PLH320037 Poland Dolna Odra Map
DE5914450 Germany Inselrhein Map
PLH220033 Poland Dolna Wisła Map
DE6027471 Germany Maintal zwischen Schweinfurt und Dettelbach Map
PLH040039 Poland Włocławska Dolina Wisły Map
AT3228000 Austria Bürmooser Moor Map
AT3225000 Austria Weidmoos Map
AT3308000 Austria Schwemm Map

Protected sites

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Common names and synonyms

Common Name Language Reference
Barnacla Canadiense Spanish Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Bernache du Canada French Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Berneška velká Czech Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Bernikla kanadyjska Polish Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Canada Goose English Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Canadese Gans Dutch Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Ganso do Canadá Portuguese Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Kanadagans German Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Kanadagås Swedish Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Kanadai lúd Hungarian Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Kanadanhanhi Finnish Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Oca del Canada Italian Hagemeijer, W.J.M. & Blair, M.J.
Synonym Author
Branta canadiensis (Linnaeus, 1758)
Anas canadensis Linnaeus, 1758

Other resources

CoL (accepted name) Catalogue of Life
EURing code:01660 European bird-ringing
EoL Encyclopedia of Life
Fauna Europaea Fauna Europaea
GBIF Global Biodiversity Information Facility
ITIS (Valid name) Interagency Taxonomic Information System
NCBI search National Center for Biotechnology Information
PESI (Accepted) Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure
Wikipedia Wikipedia

External data

Population distribution from "Birds in Europe" editions 1 and 2

These publications present a thorough and detailed review of the conservation status of European birds. Based on detailed breeding and wintering population data collected in each country, the report provides a review of the population sizes and trends of Species of European Conservation Concern.

15 items found, displaying all items.1
Country Biogeographic region Min / Max (Units) Period Status Quality Source Published
Belgium 2300/10000 (individuals) 1995-2000 Wintering Species poorly known, with no quantitative data available Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004-01-01
Denmark 23000/25000 (individuals) 1999-2000 Wintering Species poorly known, with no quantitative data available Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004-01-01
Denmark - Greenland 2500/10000 (pairs) 1995-2000 Breeding Reliable quantitative data (e.g. atlas survey or monitoring data, etc.) are available for the whole period and region in question Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004-01-01
Estonia 0/20 (individuals) 1998 Wintering Species generally well known, but only poor or incomplete quantitative data available Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004-01-01
France 400/650 (individuals) 1998-2002 Wintering Species poorly known, with no quantitative data available Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004-01-01
Germany 16500/23000 (individuals) 1994-1999 Wintering Species poorly known, with no quantitative data available Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004-01-01
Ireland 201/302 (individuals) 1994-2000 Wintering Species poorly known, with no quantitative data available Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004-01-01
Latvia 0/10 (individuals) 1990-2001 Wintering Species poorly known, with no quantitative data available Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004-01-01
Lithuania 0/10 (individuals) 1992-2002 Wintering Species poorly known, with no quantitative data available Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004-01-01
Luxembourg 1/10 (individuals) 2000-2002 Wintering Species poorly known, with no quantitative data available Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004-01-01
Netherlands 3500/3500 (individuals) 1999-2001 Wintering Species poorly known, with no quantitative data available Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004-01-01
Norway 4000/8000 (individuals) 1993-1996 Wintering Species poorly known, with no quantitative data available Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004-01-01
Poland 20/700 (individuals) 1990-1999 Wintering Species poorly known, with no quantitative data available Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004-01-01
Sweden 20000/30000 (individuals) 1998-2001 Wintering Species poorly known, with no quantitative data available Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004-01-01
United Kingdom 82300/82300 (individuals) 1999 Wintering Species poorly known, with no quantitative data available Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004-01-01
Source: BirdLife International

Population trends from "Birds in Europe" editions 1 and 2

These publications present a thorough and detailed review of the conservation status of European birds. Based on detailed breeding and wintering population data collected in each country, the report provides a review of the population sizes and trends of Species of European Conservation Concern.

15 items found, displaying all items.1
Country Biogeographic region Period Status Trend Quality Source Published
Belgium 1990-2000 Wintering Increasing : 80 % Reliable quantitative data (e.g. atlas survey or monitoring data, etc.) are available for the whole period and region in question Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004
Denmark 1990-2000 Wintering Increasing : 80 % Reliable quantitative data (e.g. atlas survey or monitoring data, etc.) are available for the whole period and region in question Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004
Denmark - Greenland 1990-2000 Breeding Increasing between 0% to 19% Species poorly known, with no quantitative data available Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004
Estonia 1990-2000 Wintering Fluctuating between 20% to 29% Reliable quantitative data (e.g. atlas survey or monitoring data, etc.) are available for the whole period and region in question Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004
France 1990-2000 Wintering Increasing between 30% to 49% Reliable quantitative data (e.g. atlas survey or monitoring data, etc.) are available for the whole period and region in question Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004
Germany 1990-2000 Wintering Fluctuating between 20% to 29% Reliable quantitative data (e.g. atlas survey or monitoring data, etc.) are available for the whole period and region in question Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004
Ireland 1990-2000 Wintering Stable between 0% to 19% Species generally well known, but only poor or incomplete quantitative data available Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004
Latvia 1990-2000 Wintering Stable between 0% to 19% Reliable quantitative data (e.g. atlas survey or monitoring data, etc.) are available for the whole period and region in question Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004
Lithuania 1990-2000 Wintering Fluctuating : 80 % Reliable quantitative data (e.g. atlas survey or monitoring data, etc.) are available for the whole period and region in question Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004
Luxembourg 1990-2000 Wintering Stable between 0% to 19% Reliable quantitative data (e.g. atlas survey or monitoring data, etc.) are available for the whole period and region in question Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004
Netherlands 1990-2000 Wintering increasing : 1937 % Reliable quantitative data (e.g. atlas survey or monitoring data, etc.) are available for the whole period and region in question Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004
Norway 1990-2000 Wintering Stable between 0% to 19% Species poorly known, with no quantitative data available Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004
Poland 1990-2000 Wintering Increasing : 80 % Reliable quantitative data (e.g. atlas survey or monitoring data, etc.) are available for the whole period and region in question Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004
Sweden 1990-2000 Wintering Increasing : 80 % Reliable quantitative data (e.g. atlas survey or monitoring data, etc.) are available for the whole period and region in question Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004
United Kingdom 1990-2000 Wintering Increasing : 24 % Reliable quantitative data (e.g. atlas survey or monitoring data, etc.) are available for the whole period and region in question Birds in Europe 2 (1990-2000) 2004
Source: BirdLife International

Reportnet deliveries

Files delivered through Reportnet with relevance to this species.

41 items found, displaying all items.1
Released Coverage Envelope File
2016-02-24 Germany Birds Derogation 2014 Birds_2014_GER.xml
2015-12-10 France France reporting Birds Directive corrected files Centre Val de Loire
2015-11-17 Netherlands Birds Directive Derogations 2014 part 1 BD_derogations2014_RVO_NL_part1.xml
2015-10-02 Finland Bird 2014 FI_Bird_Report_2014.xml
2015-09-17 France France rapport art 9 directive oiseaux 79/409/CEE année 2012 CENTRE_habides_export_oiseaux.xml
2015-04-16 Netherlands Birds Directive Derogations 2013 NL_BD2013.xml
2015-03-18 Germany Birds Derogation 2011 Germany Birds_2011_GER.xml
2015-02-23 Germany Birds Derogation 2013 Germany Birds_2013_GER.xml
2014-10-29 Poland National Report on Derogations under the Birds and Habitats Directives Habitats and Birds Derogations Report
2014-10-20 Netherlands Birds Directive Derogations 2012 Derogations Bird Directieve NL 2012
2014-09-30 Denmark 2013 Danish national derogation reports under Art. 9.3 of the EU Birds Directive National_Report_on_Derogations_under_the_Birds_Directive__1.xml
2014-09-30 Finland Bird 2013 FI_bird_report_2013
2014-09-26 Sweden National reports on derogations under the Birds Directive 2013 Art 9 Birds Directive Sweden 2013
2013-12-19 Sweden National reports on derogations under the Birds directive (Art 9) 2012 - Sweden Art 9 Birds Directive 2012_SE
2013-10-11 Finland Bird2012 FI_bird_report_2012.xml
2013-09-30 Hungary Derogation report bird directive 2012 Derogation report bird directive 2012
2013-09-19 Denmark 2012 Danish national derogation reports under Art. 9.3 of the EU Birds Directive questionnaire_habides.xml
2013-09-13 Netherlands BD Derogations 2011 OLD Bird Directive Derogations 2011
2013-02-12 Denmark 2011 Danish national derogation reports under Art. 9.3 of the EU Birds Directive questionnaire_habides.xml
2013-01-03 Finland Bird2011 FI_bird_report_2011.xml
2012-10-29 United Kingdom Directive 2009/147/EC: Derogation under Article 9: Report by the UK for 2011 Countryside Council for Wales
2012-10-29 United Kingdom Directive 2009/147/EC: Derogation under Article 9: Report by the UK for 2011 Dept. of Env., Northern Ireland
2012-10-29 United Kingdom Directive 2009/147/EC: Derogation under Article 9: Report by the UK for 2011 Welsh Government (Part 2)
2012-10-29 United Kingdom Directive 2009/147/EC: Derogation under Article 9: Report by the UK for 2011 Scottish Natural Heritage
2012-05-03 Denmark 2010 Danish national derogation reports under Art. 9.3 of the EU Birds Directive questionnaire_habides.xml
2012-02-26 Netherlands Birds Directive Derogations 2010 Derogations BD Netherlands 2010
2011-11-10 United Kingdom Directive 92/43/EEC: Derogation under Article 16: Report by the UK for 2009-2010 Scottish Government contribution to 2009/147/EC Article 9 and 92/43/EEC Article 16 UK Report
2011-11-10 United Kingdom Directive 2009/147/EC: Derogation under Article 9: Report by the UK for 2010 CCW contribution to 2009/147/EC Article 9 UK Report
2011-11-10 United Kingdom Directive 2009/147/EC: Derogation under Article 9: Report by the UK for 2010 Welsh Government Contribution to 2009/147/EC Article 9 UK Report
2011-11-10 United Kingdom Directive 2009/147/EC: Derogation under Article 9: Report by the UK for 2010 DOENI contribution to 2009/147/EC Article 9 UK Report
2011-11-10 United Kingdom Directive 2009/147/EC: Derogation under Article 9: Report by the UK for 2010 NE contribution to 2009/147/EC Article 9 UK Report
2011-11-10 United Kingdom Directive 2009/147/EC: Derogation under Article 9: Report by the UK for 2010 SNH contribution to 2009/147/EC Article 9 UK Report
2011-10-17 Poland National Report on Derogations under the Birds and Habitats Directives (2009-2010) birds derogations
2011-07-01 Denmark Denmarks Report on Derogations under the Birds Directive for 2010 questionnaire_habides.xml
2011-06-03 Finland Bird 2009 FI_bird_rap_2009.xml
2011-01-12 Finland BIRD 2008 FI Report 2008
2010-11-23 United Kingdom Directive 2009/147/EC: Derogations under Article 9: Report by the UK for 2009 Scottish Executive contribution to 2009/147/EC Article 9 UK report
2010-11-23 United Kingdom Directive 2009/147/EC: Derogations under Article 9: Report by the UK for 2009 CCW contribution to 2009/147/EC Article 9 UK report
2010-11-23 United Kingdom Directive 2009/147/EC: Derogations under Article 9: Report by the UK for 2009 DOENI contribution to 2009/147/EC Article 9 UK report
2010-11-23 United Kingdom Directive 2009/147/EC: Derogations under Article 9: Report by the UK for 2009 WAG contribution to the 2009/147/EC Article 9 UK report
2010-09-30 Sweden National Report on Derogations under the Birds Directive_2009 habides_export_Sweden_20100930.xml

Summary of derogations for species

EU member states are required to report derogations from protection efforts of species.

43 items found, displaying all items.1
Region From Until Justification Activity Impact
Zeeland 2014-11-25 2039-11-25 No information available Killing The national conservation status of the species concerned is not affected, neither is the local population, as long as the activities are carried out in accordance with the conditions and measures that are bound to the exemption.
Zeeland 2014-11-25 2039-11-25 No information available Unavoidable disturbance due to construction activities The national conservation status of the species concerned is not affected, neither is the local population, as long as the activities are carried out in accordance with the conditions and measures that are bound to the exemption.
Zuid-Holland 2014-07-30 2016-12-31 No information available Unavoidable disturbance due to construction activities The national conservation status of the species concerned is not affected, neither is the local population, as long as the activities are carried out in accordance with the conditions and measures that are bound to the exemption.
Noord-Holland 2014-07-15 2019-07-15 No information available Deliberate disturbance, scaring away The national conservation status of the species concerned is not affected, neither is the local population, as long as the activities are carried out in accordance with the conditions and measures that are bound to the exemption.
Sweden 2013-10-29 2016-12-31 Av akut flygsäkerhet får de skjuta de fåglar som kommit in på landningsbanan, ingen nummerär begränsning då problemet måste undanröjas Döda Ingen, både kråk- och måsfågel samt kanadagäss är i stora numerärer, detsamma gäller ringduva. Totalt sköts 35 måsar och 30 kråkfåglar
Noord-Holland 2013-05-24 2013-08-31 No information available Killing Significant; however the national conservation status of the species concerned is not affected.
Denmark 2013-01-01 2013-12-31 There is no predetermined limitation in the granted licences Killing There is no impact on the population
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern 2013-01-01 2013-31-12 keine Vogaben Fang zur Beringung keine
Zuid-Holland 2013-01-01 2013-12-31 No information available No information available The national conservation status of the species concerned is not affected, neither is the local population, as long as the activities are carried out in accordance with the conditions and measures that are bound to the exemption.
Utrecht 2013-01-01 2013-12-31 No information available Taking of eggs The national conservation status of the species concerned is not affected, neither is the local population, as long as the activities are carried out in accordance with the conditions and measures that are bound to the exemption.
Limburg (NL) 2013-01-01 2013-12-31 No information available Killing Negligible
Noord-Holland 2013-01-01 2013-12-31 No information available Killing Negligible
Noord-Holland 2012-09-01 2017-08-31 No information available Capture Negligible
Noord-Holland 2012-09-01 2017-08-31 No information available Transport Negligible
Noord-Holland 2012-09-01 2017-08-31 No information available Killing Negligible
Noord-Holland 2012-09-01 2017-08-31 No information available Deliberate disturbance, scaring away Negligible
Noord-Holland 2012-09-01 2017-08-31 No information available Releasing Negligible
Noord-Holland 2012-09-01 2017-08-31 No information available Deliberate taking of eggs and destruction, damage to and removal of nests Negligible
Utrecht 2012-04-01 2012-09-01 No information available Killing Negligible
Utrecht 2012-04-01 2012-09-01 No information available Taking of eggs Negligible
Poland 2012-02-28 2013-10-30 Lutra lutra - 20 individuals, Castor fiber - 2 individuals, Phalacrocorax carbo - 100 individuals Detention of animals This activities does not have any impact on populations.
Malopolskie 2012-02-28 2013-10-30 Lutra lutra - 20 individuals, Castor fiber - 2 individuals, Phalacrocorax carbo - 100 individuals Detention of animals This activities does not have any impact on populations.
Denmark 2012-01-01 2012-12-31 There is no predetermined limitation in the granted licences Killing There is no impact on the population
East Wales 2011-04-12 2011-10-31 licence refers to nest numbers, not numbers of eggs Taking of eggs local only
United Kingdom 2011-04-01 2012-03-31 This project was to shoot any birds potentially disturbing or taking up residence on black-throated diver rafts. It was not possible to predict the number of birds so no limit was put on the licence. This is a non-native species and therefore no convservation impact. Killing Negligible/Zero
United Kingdom 2011-03-01 2011-06-01 This project was to shoot any birds potentially disturbing or taking up residence on black-throated diver rafts. It was not possible to predict the number of birds so no limit was put on the licence. This is a non-native species and therefore no convservation impact. Killing Negligible/Zero
Sjælland 2011-01-01 2011-12-31 There is no predetermined limitation in the granted licences. Killing There is no impact on the population.
Noord-Holland 2011-01-01 2012-12-31 No information available Killing Significant; however the national conservation status of the species concerned is not affected.
Noord-Holland 2011-01-01 2013-12-15 No information available Killing Negligible
United Kingdom 2010-03-24 2010-06-30 100 Black headed gulls (Larus Ridibundus) licenced 5 Canada Geese (Bronta candensis) licenced 5 Greylag Geese (Anser anser) licenced None actually destroyed Destruction, damage to and removal of nests Negligible Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibundus) 1,697,797 Canada Geese(Bronta candensis) 82,550 Greylag geese (Anser anser) 81,900
Northern Ireland (UK) 2010-03-08 2010-12-31 unlimited within the site boundaries Killing Nil - the impact on these species is very localised Black headed gull 6 rook 53 lapwing 5 golden plover 2 gull spp 31 wood pigeon 4 starling 25 sky lark 6 pigeon (feral) 16 116 feral greylag eggs were destroyed
Northern Ireland (UK) 2010-03-08 2010-12-31 unlimited within the site boundaries Deliberate disturbance during the period of breeding Nil - the impact on these species is very localised Black headed gull 6 rook 53 lapwing 5 golden plover 2 gull spp 31 wood pigeon 4 starling 25 sky lark 6 pigeon (feral) 16 116 feral greylag eggs were destroyed
Northern Ireland (UK) 2010-03-08 2010-12-31 unlimited within the site boundaries Deliberate disturbance during the period of rearing Nil - the impact on these species is very localised Black headed gull 6 rook 53 lapwing 5 golden plover 2 gull spp 31 wood pigeon 4 starling 25 sky lark 6 pigeon (feral) 16 116 feral greylag eggs were destroyed
Northern Ireland (UK) 2010-03-08 2010-12-31 unlimited within the site boundaries Taking of eggs Nil - the impact on these species is very localised Black headed gull 6 rook 53 lapwing 5 golden plover 2 gull spp 31 wood pigeon 4 starling 25 sky lark 6 pigeon (feral) 16 116 feral greylag eggs were destroyed
Northern Ireland (UK) 2010-03-08 2010-12-31 unlimited within the site boundaries Destruction, damage to and removal of nests Nil - the impact on these species is very localised Black headed gull 6 rook 53 lapwing 5 golden plover 2 gull spp 31 wood pigeon 4 starling 25 sky lark 6 pigeon (feral) 16 116 feral greylag eggs were destroyed
Northern Ireland (UK) 2010-03-08 2010-12-31 unlimited within the site boundaries Deliberate disturbance, scaring away Nil - the impact on these species is very localised Black headed gull 6 rook 53 lapwing 5 golden plover 2 gull spp 31 wood pigeon 4 starling 25 sky lark 6 pigeon (feral) 16 116 feral greylag eggs were destroyed
Northern Ireland (UK) 2010-02-19 2010-08-31 no limit set but site specific Killing Nil: These are largely feral populations
Northern Ireland (UK) 2010-02-19 2010-08-31 no limit set but site specific Deliberate disturbance during the period of breeding Nil: These are largely feral populations
Northern Ireland (UK) 2010-02-19 2010-08-31 no limit set but site specific Deliberate disturbance during the period of rearing Nil: These are largely feral populations
Northern Ireland (UK) 2010-02-19 2010-08-31 no limit set but site specific Deliberate disturbance, scaring away Nil: These are largely feral populations
Denmark 2010-01-01 2010-12-31 There is no predetermined limitation in the granted licences. Killing There is no impact on the population.
Gelderland 2009-10-06 2014-10-01 niet beperkt Killing geen
Noord-Holland 2009-04-01 2010-04-01 niet bepaald Killing beperkt
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