Bar-headed goose

LIVING HABITS

The bar-headed goose is a species originating from Central Asia, and breeds in Tibet, Mongolia, Western China and the Himalayas. It feeds mainly on green vegetation and small invertebrates. The bar-headed goose has been living in parks in Europe for a long time. Some of the escapees from these parks have been spotted in Finland too. The first bar-headed goose nesting in Finland has been noted in 2008 in Kemijärvi. The bar-headed goose nests in mountain lakes in its natural habitat.

PROTECTION

The bar-headed goose is a thriving species globally, but some local populations of the species (Kirgizia, f. ex) have declined.

ADAPTING TO THE WINTER

The bar-headed goose migrates from their natural habitat to North India and Myanmar.

Bar-headed goose

Anser indicus

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SIZE: Weight: 2-3 kg, wingspan: 140-160cm.

BREEDING: The female lays 4-6 eggs, incubation period: 28 days and nights. Independent the first winter, sexual maturity reached in 3 years.

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Did you know that the bar-headed goose is holding the record of flying highest of all bird species? On their migration route they cross the Himalayan Mountains, flying at the height of 9 km.