Canada Goose

North America

General description

Large (4.5-5.5 kg) light brown bird with black head, neck, bill, legs and feet, and a white chinstrap.

What you need to know

To help protect our environment:

  • You must not breed, distribute, release or sell any Canada goose within the Auckland region.

Pasture, lake and pond margins, water reservoirs, golf courses.

A risk to human safety, causing airstrike with planes. Can be very aggressive towards other birds, leading to displacement and mortality. Grazes pastures, contaminates water bodies, pasture and crops with faecal pathogens.


Find out more:

If you see a Canada goose on Aotea/Great Barrier Island group, please report it to Auckland Council at

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RPMP status

Aotea (Exclusion)
Whole region (Sustained Control)
Hauraki Gulf Controlled Area Notice pest
Canada goose - Main species image