No protuberance at the base of the bill: head and neck black; under the throat a crescent-shaped white patch.
G. Canadensis, Steph, in Shaw's Gen.Zod. vol. xii. part 2. p. 19. Anser Canadensis, Faun. Bor. Am. part ii. p. 468. Canada Goose, Lath. Syn. vol. m. p. 450. Wils. Amer, Orn. vol. viii. p. 53. pl. 67. f. 4. Cravat Goose, Bew. Brit. Birds, vol. ii. p. 276.
Entire length forty-one inches: length of the bill (above) two inches two lines, (from the gape) two inches six lines; of the tarsus three inches seven lines; of the tail nine inches; of the wing nineteen inches six lines. Faun. Bor. Am.
Head, and greater part of the neck, black; under the throat a crescent-shaped white patch, passing upwards behind the eyes, and reaching nearly to the occiput; back, scapulars, wings and flanks, grayish brown, the tips of the feathers paler: lower part of the neck in front, breast, belly, and underparts, pure white: primary quills, rump and tail, black: bill and legs black. (Egg). Dull dirty white: long. diam. three inches four lines; trans, diam. two inches four lines.
A native of North America, from which country it has been introduced into Europe. Is not uncommon in some parts, and may be considered as in a great measure naturalized. Small flocks are occasionally observed in England in a state of liberty and independance.