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Bar-headed Goose

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Photo by Yeshey Dorji Babesa, Thimphu, Bhutan, June, 2005
Photo by Yeshey Dorji
Babesa, Thimphu, Bhutan, June, 2005
Anser indicus

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[edit] Identification

68-78 cm

  • Pale grey
  • Two black bars on white head
  • Dark grey hind neck
  • Bill and legs orangey-yellow

[edit] Distribution

Alpine lakes in central Asia; winters to India and Burma.
Migration takes them high over the Himalayas.

European populations are generally escaped captive birds.

Photo by alibennLashi Lake, Yunnan, China, December 2005
Photo by alibenn
Lashi Lake, Yunnan, China, December 2005

[edit] Taxonomy

Monotypic[1]

[edit] Habitat

They breed near high altitude lakes. Wintering on salt and fresh water marshes, grazing in grassland and wetlands.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Breeding

It lays 3-8 eggs in a ground nest.

[edit] Diet

In summer the diet includes grass; in winter it feeds on barley, rice and wheat.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Wikipedia
  3. Collins Bird Guide ISBN 0 00 219728 6
  4. BF Member observations

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