* Threatened or Endangered
Bar-headed Goose *
: Anser indicus
: Central Asia, India, Assam, northern Burma and Pakistan
: Grasses, barley, rice and wheat
: Weight 4 to 7 lbs.
: Quite common in most of its range and may even be detrimental to croplands in some areas.
The Bar-headed Goose is believed to be the highest flying of all birds, having been observed at over 33,000 feet. It has a slightly larger wing area for its weight than other geese, which seems to play a role in helping it fly so high. It migrates over the Himalayas to reach its winter grounds. The two distinctive bars on their head distinguish them from similar species.