Bar-headed Goose

Scientific Name: Anser indicus 
Common Name: Bar-headed Goose

Identifying Features: Pale grey in colour, black bars on head, orange coloured legs and bill.

Fun Facts:

  • It is one of the world’s highest-flying birds. Known for the extreme altitudes it reaches when migrating across the Himalayas
  • Studies have found that they breathe more deeply and efficiently under low-oxygen conditions, which serves to increase oxygen uptake from the environment.
  • The bar-headed goose has been suggested as being the model for the Hamsa of Indian mythology


This image was clicked by Ron Knight – via Flickr.

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