- ORDER: Anseriformes
- FAMILY: Anatidae
The Cackling Goose looks like a miniature version of the widespread Canada Goose, with which it was once combined as a single species. The two are almost identical in plumage, but Cackling Geese are more delicate, with stubbier bills, steeper foreheads, shorter necks (strikingly apparent in flying birds), and usually more rounded heads. Their calls are higher in pitch than those of Canada Geese. Like their larger relatives, Cackling Geese forage in marshes and fields in large flocks, often mixed with other goose species.More ID Info
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Cackling Geese breed in remote northern Canada and Alaska, so for most people the best times to look for them are on migration and in winter. During these seasons they can bw fairly common in the Pacific Northwest, California’s Central Valley, southern Great Plains, and Texas/Louisiana coast. Among Canada Geese, look carefully for a small, short-necked goose with a short bill—just remember that Canada Geese often draw their necks in when resting, making them look small.
- Barnacla Canadiense Chica (Spanish)
- Bernache de Hutchins (French)