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Bar-headed Goose

Anser indicus

Did you know?

  • Bar-headed geese are mainly vegetarian.
  • From October through March, they live in low-lying swamps.
  • They nest in dense colonies.
  • Males and females are identical.
  • A female lays from four to six eggs, which take about a month to hatch.

High Flyers

Bar-headed geese are one of the world's highest-flying birds. They migrate over the Himalayan Mountains.

Handsome Bird

This handsome goose gets its name from the double bars of dark feathers that wrap around the back of its white head.

Threat Level

  • Unknown
  • Common
  • Near Threatened
  • Threatened
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild


The Bar-headed Goose is widespread and abundant.


Central Asia, mainly Mongolia and China; winters in northern India


Wetlands at higher elevations; winters in lowland swamps, lakes, and rivers

We care about Bar-headed Geese

The Saint Louis Zoo supports bar-headed geese at the South Lake at the Zoo. Learn more about how we are helping wildlife around the world.

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