img
Birds

Bar-headed
Goose

Least Concern

Decreasing

Bar-headed Goose

Anser indicus

The Bar-headed Goose is a goose which breeds in Central Asia in colonies of thousands near mountain lakes and winters in South Asia, as far south as peninsular India. It lays three to eight eggs at a time in a ground nest.

The bird is pale grey and is easily distinguished from any of the other grey geese by the black bars on its head. It is also much paler than the other geese in this genus. In flight, its call is a typical goose honking. A mid-sized goose, it measures 80 cm in total length and weighs 3.5 kg

-

Regional Names
  • Assamese:
    ধৃতিৰাজ
  • Bengali:
    দাগি রাজহাঁস
  • Gujarati:
    રાજહંસ
  • Hindi:
    बिर्वा, सवान
  • Kannada:
    ಪಟ್ಟೆತಲೆ ಹೆಬ್ಬಾತು
  • Marathi:
    पट्टकादंब
  • Nepali:
    खोयाहाँस
  • Punjabi:
    ਸਾਵੇ ਮਘ
  • Sanskrit:
    कादम्ब हंस
  • Tamil:
    பட்டைத்தலை வாத்து
Media Gallery
Taxanomy

ANSERIFORMES
ANATIDAE
Anser indicus

Quick Facts
  • These fly across the Himalayas, the highest mountains in the world. They fly nearly 5 miles (over 8,000 m) up in the sky, almost as high as jet planes.
Bar-headed Goose

Range Map

Similar Birds

similar Birds you may like

img

Barnacle Goose

Branta leucopsis
Read more
img

Black-necked Swan

Cygnus melancoryphus
Read more
img

Brant

Branta bernicla
Read more
img

Cackling Goose

Branta hutchinsii
Read more
img

Canada Goose

Branta canadensis
Read more
img

Chinese Goose

Anser cygnoid
Read more
img

Cotton Pygmy Goose

Nettapus coromandelianus
Read more
img

Egyptian Goose

Alopochen aegyptiaca
Read more
img

Embden Goose

Anser anser
Read more
img

Emperor Goose

Chen canagica
Read more
img

Greylag Goose

Anser anser
Read more
img

Mute Swan

Cygnus olor
Read more
img

Orinoco Goose

Neochen jubata
Read more
img

Pink-footed Goose

Anser brachyrhynchus
Read more
img

Ross's Goose

Chen rossii
Read more
img

Snow Goose

Chen caerulescens
Read more
img

Swan Goose

Anser cygnoid
Read more
img

Trumpeter Swan

Cygnus buccinator
Read more
img

Tundra Bean-Goose

Anser fabalis
Read more
img

White Chinese Goose

Anser cygnoid
Read more
img

Whooper Swan

Cygnus cygnus
Read more