"Bar-headed Goose"
(Anser indicus)








Photograph by
Ray Desjardins
Photograph by
Ray Desjardins








These gray and white geese have two horseshoe-shaped, brownish-black bars on the back of their white head. They nest in mountainous regions of central Asia north of the Himalayas, wintering in northern India, some in Burma. They migrate at high altitudes over the Himalayas, have been observed flying over the summit of Mt. Everest. Bar-headed geese are "crepuscular", (dawn and dusk) or nocturnal feeders.





Size: length: 30"

Male & Female: These gray and white geese have two horseshoe-shaped, brownish-black bars on the back of their white head. Foreneck dark grey, breast flanks and entire upperparts medium-grey...darkest on rear flanks. Tail grey.

Nest: Nest site grass or tall weeds; initial nest during spring-summer of second year. Island sites preferred for nesting, may nest singly or in colonies.

Eggs: 3 to 6 eggs

Incubation: 28 to 30 days

Food: Plants, also may eat crustaceans and invertebrates.

Habitat: High mountain lakes.

Voice: Low, nasal voice, honk has a musical quality. Distinctly nasal in tone.

Sexual maturity: About 3 years.










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