Bar-headed Goose

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Bar-headed Goose
Conservation status: Secure
Bar-headed Goose
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Anseriformes
Family:Anatidae
Genus:Anser
Species:A. indicus
Binomial name
Anser indicus
Latham, 17590

The Bar-headed Goose (Anser indicus) is a goose which breeds in Central Asia and migrates over the Himalayas to winter in the wetlands of India. It lays 3-8 eggs in a nest near mountain lakes.

The bird is easily distinguished from any of the other grey geese of the genus Anser by the character implied by its English name. it is also much paler than the other geese in this genus. In flight, its call is a typical goose honking.

It has sometimes been separated from the genus Anser, which has no other member indigenous to the Indian region, nor any at all to the Ethiopian, Australian, or Neotropical regions.

The Bar-headed Goose is often kept in captivity, from which it sometimes escapes. The wild population is declining due to over-hunting.

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Bar-headed Goose
de:Streifengans

zh:斑头雁

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