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Bar-headed Goose

Anser indicus

Bar-headed geese are ‘true geese’ and are closely related to swans. True geese include the red-breasted, the snow and the Hawaiian goose.

measurements

Measurements

Size: 71 - 76cm
Weight: 2 - 3kg

habitat

Habitat

The bar-headed goose inhabits boggy ground, lakes, rivers and marshes in central Asia. They migrate over the Himalayas, where they have been seen to fly at altitudes of 10,175 metres (33,382 feet) – that’s over 10 km (6 miles) high!

diet

Diet

Bar-headed geese are grazers, feeding mainly on grasses, however they may also feed on crops, such as rice and barley.

behaviour

Breeding

They make their nests on patches of dry ground in the marshes that surround lakes. The eggs are incubated for around 30 days. Many young have been hatched at the zoo.

threat

Conservation

Bar-headed geese are not believed to be endangered in the wild as the wild population is currently reasonably large.

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