Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii)

The Cackling Goose is a small subspecies of the Canada Goose and is commonly found in western North America. With a short, thick neck and a small bill, the Cackling Goose can easily be distinguished from its larger relative, the Canada Goose. These birds have a distinct black head and neck with a white patch on the throat and cheeks. Their body feathers are light brown with varying shades of white, gray, and black.

Cackling Geese are known for their distinctive honking call, which is loud and often sounds like a high-pitched cackle. They are social birds that typically form large flocks, often mixed with Canada Geese. During the breeding season, Cackling Geese can be found in Alaska and the Canadian Arctic. They build their nests on the ground, preferring areas near water such as lakes, rivers, and wetlands.

The diet of the Cackling Goose consists mainly of grasses, sedges, and other plants, although they will also eat insects and small invertebrates. They are grazers and will often feed by grazing on grasses in large fields.

Cackling Geese are migratory birds and will spend winters in areas where they can find open water and abundant food, such as California, the Pacific Northwest, and Mexico. During their annual migration, they travel in large flocks and can cover thousands of miles.

Despite being a relatively common species, the Cackling Goose was not recognized as a separate species from the Canada Goose until the 21st century. Today, wildlife conservation efforts have helped to maintain healthy populations of this species, although habitat loss and hunting still pose a threat to their survival.

In conclusion, the Cackling Goose is a fascinating and social bird found mainly in western North America. With its distinct features and cackling call, it is a unique addition to the avian world. While not endangered, conservation efforts are necessary to ensure that these birds continue to thrive for generations to come.

Other names

Branta hutchinsii



Cackling Goose

oca de Hutchins



bafinska guska

berneška malá


Kleine Canadese Gans


Bernache de Hutchins


Oca canadese di Hutchins


šiaurinė kanadinė berniklė


bernikla północna


Малая канадская казарка

Mala kanadska guska

bernikla tundrová

Barnacla canadiense chica


Gıdaklayan Kaz

казарка мала

eskimo lagle

alaszkai lúd


Bafina zoss