Canadian geese, scientifically known as Branta canadensis, are a familiar and iconic species of waterfowl native to North America. They are well-known for their distinctive V-shaped flying formations and their honking calls that can be heard from a distance. These geese are widely distributed throughout Canada and the United States, with their populations also found in other parts of North America and even in Europe.
Canadian geese, like many other bird species, typically learn to fly when they are around 8 to 10 weeks old. After hatching from the eggs, goslings spend their early days on the ground, under the watchful care of their parents. During this time, they grow and develop their flight feathers and muscles.
Around the age of 2 to 3 months, the goslings become more adventurous and start to exercise their wings. They engage in a behavior known as “flapping,” where they vigorously move their wings to strengthen the flight muscles. This flapping practice helps them develop the necessary strength and coordination for flight.
But I guess geese must have to exercise in other ways, too, to build up the strength necessary for flying. Just check out this flock, where the one big goose leads a flock of young geese on a morning run! It’s just like something you’d see in a military boot camp–all we need is someone to call the cadence! Watch the funny video below and please leave us a Facebook comment to let us know what you thought!
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