Bar-headed Goose

Scientific name: Anser indicus
Mongolian name: Хээрийн Галуу
Order: Anseriformes
Bird family: Anatidae (ducks, geese, swans)
Conservation status: LC


Key information

The bar-headed goose (Anser indicus) is one of the world's highest-flying birds that breeds in Central Asia in colonies of thousands near mountain lakes and winters in South Asia, as far south as peninsular India.

Length : A mid-sized goose, it measures 71–76 cm (28–30 in) in total length

Wingspan:140–160 cm

Weight : 1.87–3.2 kg (4.1–7.1 lb).

Population :The overall population size is not known 

Habitat: The summer habitat is high-altitude lakes where the bird grazes on short grass. The species has been reported as migrating south from Tibet, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Russia before crossing the Himalaya.

Diet: barley, rice and wheat, and crops.