There are at least seven types of native geese in North America, not counting exotic or domestic geese. Almost all the North American geese, even in individual classifications have sub-species, named "Lesser" or "Western", with each group having their subtle differences.

The plumage of both sexes of geese are similar, although males are generally larger than females. Geese spend a large amount of time on land, as they graze on grasses and other land plants, in addition to eating some aquatic plants. These large birds mate for life and both parents care for the young.

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