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Branta canadensis

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA AVES ANSERIFORMES ANATIDAE

Scientific Name: Branta canadensis
Species Authority: (Linnaeus, 1758)
Common Name(s):
English Canada Goose
Taxonomic Notes: Branta canadensis (Sibley and Monroe 1990, 1993) has been split into B. canadensis and B. hutchinsii following AOU (2004).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2012
Date Assessed: 2012-05-01
Assessor(s): BirdLife International
Reviewer(s): Butchart, S. & Symes, A.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Butchart, S., Ekstrom, J., Khwaja, N., Pilgrim, J.
Justification:
This species has an extremely large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). The population trend appears to be increasing, and hence the species does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size is extremely large, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species has a large range, breeding across tundra in much of Canada, Alaska, U.S.A., and parts of the northern U.S.A., and wintering in southern North America, including Mexico. Introduced populations are now resident in much of the U.S.A. south of the normal breeding range, as well as in a number of western European countries. The subspecies asiatica, which occurred in the Bering Sea region, has been extinct since around 1914 (Fuller 2000).
Countries:
Native:
Bahamas; Canada; Cayman Islands; Cuba; Greenland; Haiti; Mexico; Puerto Rico; Saint Pierre and Miquelon; Turks and Caicos Islands; United States
Introduced:
Austria; Belgium; Czech Republic; Denmark; Faroe Islands; Finland; France; Germany; Netherlands; New Zealand; Norway; Poland; Russian Federation; Sweden; Ukraine; United Kingdom
Vagrant:
Australia; Belarus; Bermuda; Bulgaria; Iceland; Jamaica; Japan; Kiribati; Korea, Democratic People's Republic of; Korea, Republic of; Latvia; Liechtenstein; Lithuania; Luxembourg; Marshall Islands; Portugal; Slovakia; Slovenia; Spain
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Population [top]

Population: (Wetlands International 2006)
Population Trend: Increasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Although hunting and other direct mortality takes a substantial toll, this species has increased its range and population since the 1940s (Mowbray et al. 2002).

Citation: BirdLife International 2012. Branta canadensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 20 October 2014.
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