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Bar-headed Goose
Anser indicus

Bar-headed Goose (Anser indicus).
Bar-headed Goose (Anser indicus)


The Bar-headed Goose (Anser indicus) nests in the high Himalayas, at elevations from 4,000 to 5,000 meters (13,000 to 16,500 feet) above sea level. During fall it migrates to lower elevations. At this time it can be seen on most of northern India. In winter it is also found in Pakistan and Myanmar.

Pair of Bar-headed Goose (Anser indicus). Picture taken in Gardens at Crandon Park Foundation, Miami, Florida. 2001.
Pair of Bar-headed Goose (Anser indicus)


This goose shows preference for fresh water lakes and rivers. In winter it is present on coastal zones.


Stays in groups of its own species, usually four or five individuals but sometimes as many as a hundred.

Bar-headed Goose (Anser indicus) nesting. Picture taken in Gardens at Crandon Park Foundation, Miami, Florida. June, 2002.
Bar-headed Goose (Anser indicus) nesting, June, 2002.


Nesting starts in May or June and can be solitary or in colonies. The nest can be on the ground among the grass. It also employs other birds abandoned nests on trees. Usually selects a place on the shores of a lake. Down is added to the nest.

The clutch is from four to eight eggs. Incubation takes about 27 days and is done by the female while the male stays near. The goslings are taken care by both parents, they fly at 53 days of hatching.


This goose feeds on grass, roots, seeds, grains and aquatic plants. It is more active at sunset and night. During the day it rests on the sandy river banks.


In length it reaches from 71 to 76 cm (28 to 30 inches). The weight is 2 to 3 Kg. (4.5 to 6.5 pounds).


The Bar-headed Goose in Spanish is called “Ánsar Calvo”.

Bar-headed Goose (Anser indicus) in St. James Park, London, England. Fall 2006.
Bar-headed Goose (Anser indicus)
in St. James Park, London
England, United Kingdom, 2006.

Our thanks to
Gardens at Crandon Park Foundation, Miami, Florida, USA
for allowing us to take pictures in their gardens.

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