15 He aha tērā? What is that?

The honking. The V-formation flying. The New Zealand population of these large birds with a distinctive white chin-strap is primarily descended from an importation of 50 birds in 1905. He aha tērā? What is that?

Two large birds by a lake, with black head and neck, white chin-strap, brown stripey bodies.
Photo by Miraz Jordan. Used with permission.

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Answer: it’s a Canada goose:

Identification: Length: 85 -95 cm; Weight: 4.5 – 5.5 kg

Similar species: Greylag goose, Cape Barren goose

A large light-brown goose with black head, neck, bill, legs and feet, white ‘chinstrap’, and light brown barring on the white breast and abdomen.

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