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Bar-headed Goose

Zoo Location: Wetland
Bar-headed Goose
Habitat

Lakes and marshes.

Wild Diet

Plants; also may eat crustaceans and invertebrates.

Behaviour

The bar-headed goose is a sociable bird living in groups and in large colonies. In autumn they gather in flocks and head towards warmer climates for the winter. They fly fast and very high in a V formation. They are also excellent swimmers.

Breeding

The bar-headed goose spends the breeding period in pairs. The pairs separate themselves from the rest of the flock to build a large nest. The female lays 4-8 white-shelled eggs which are incubated for approximately 30 days.

Threats

Although not endangered, the world population is not large and its restricted breeding area makes it potentially vulnerable.

Bar-headed Goose Bar-headed Goose

INFORMATION

  • Latin Name: Anser indicus
  • Class: Birds
  • Order: Anseriformes
  • Family: Anatidae
  • Conservation status: Least Concern