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Bar-headed Goose

Bar-headed Goose

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Scientific Name:

Anser indicus


Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, Thailand, Uzbekistan, Viet Nam.


Mainly herbivore. Grasses, roots, stems and green parts of plants and sedges, grain, tubers and other vegetables, seaweeds, berries, small insects (in water) and small crustaceans.


Habitat:  variety of wetlands in highland plateaux (4000-5300m altitude). Winters in lowland swamps, lakes and rivers.

Incubation: 27-30 days / 4-6 eggs

Social structure: Pairs, harem groups (1 males with up to 5 females), colonies of up to 1000 pairs.


Weight: 3kg max


Dimensions: 71-76cm


Lifespan: 20 years

Estimated population in the wild: decreasing


Threats: There are no major threats to this species.

IUCN Status: Least concern

Did you know that:

They have been reported on migration at 9000–10,000 m over the Himalayas
Like other waterfowl they can also see in the ultraviolet spectrum of light.

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