Bar-headed Goose

Anser indicus

A pair of Bar-headed Geese
Photo courtesy of Toni Ransfield

This Central Asian species is very popular in collections. It is a good bird for beginners in wildfowl, being nonaggressive and an easy keeper, highly tolerant of cold weather. Sexes are similar in their plumage and the birds are easy to recognize, due to the two horizontal black stripes on their heads; one stripe runs forward to the eye and the other is lower and only runs partway forward.

In the wild, these geese nest in very dense colonies, nests often being within pecking distance of the neighbors. The usual clutch consists of 3-4 eggs which are incubated for 28-30 days.

Bar-headed Goose Links:

Jan's Ornamental Waterfowl

A nice pair of Bar-heads
Photo courtesy of Danny Bulach

The head of a Bar-headed Goose
Photo courtesy of Jean S. B-C Mower-Allard

A pair of Bar-headed Geese on the water
Photo courtesy of Glenn Ewert

Bar-heads preening
Photo courtesy of Jean S. B-C Mower-Allard

A Bar-head grazing
Photo courtesy of Jean S. B-C Mower-Allard

More Bar-Headed Geese
Photos courtesy of Daniel Sörensen

Another pair of Bar-heads

Female on the left, with two males
Photo courtesy of Daniel Sörensen



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