Bar-headed goose

Bar-headed goose Anser indicus

ClassAves
OrderAnseriformes
FamilyAnatidae
Size75cm
Weight2-3kg
Incubation28–30 days
Eggs3–6
Life-span20 years
Diet
vegetarian (grass, grains, aquatic plants)

Habitat
high-altitude lakes, streams and rivers

Range
Central Asia


In winter, bar-headed geese migrate from Central Asia to India, Bangladesh and Pakistan, crossing the Himalayas at an altitude of more than 3000m. When the weather gets warmer, they return to wetlands on the high plateaux of China and Mongolia to nest in large colonies.
 
They are easily identified by the two black stripes on top of their white heads.
 




Status in the wild (Source: IUCN)

  • Not evaluated
    NE
  • Data deficient
    DD
  • Least concern
    LC
  • Near threatened
    NT
  • Vulnerable
    VU
  • Endangered
    EN
  •  Critically endangered
    CR
  • Extinct in the wild
    EW
  • Extinct
    EX

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