Bar Headed Goose
The Bar Headed Goose is a unique and hardy specimen of mother nature! Every spring flocks of bar headed geese fly from India through the Himalayan range, above Mount Everest, on their way to their nesting grounds in Tibet. They are capable of flying through the passes of the highest mountains at heights of 12,000-14,000 feet with winds that blow at speeds of more than 200 mph and temperatures low enough to freeze exposed flesh instantly. At this height, oxygen levels drop by one-third; even kerosene cannot burn there and helicopters cannot fly there.Â Not only are these geese an integral part of the ecosystem, but they are also important to science. Researchers believe that with better data about the bar-headed geese resistance to extreme temperatures, they could help humans better cope with altitude and respiratory diseases.
Appearance: – This Goose has a white head with distinctive black bars or stripes on its head, black extending down the front and back of the neck, leaving a white stripe down the sides of the neck, the upper-parts and breast are medium grey, flanks are grey turning brown on rear flanks, vent and tail border are white, beak is yellow-orange with black tip, and legs and feet are yellow-orange. Both sexes are alike.
Size: – Typical Adult is 28-30 inches.
Food: – Aquatic plants, and grazes on grasses, wheat, barley, and rice.
Habitat: – Wetlands, high-altitude lakes, and cultivated fields in central Asia, and Tibet. They winter further south in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh which means they have to fly over the Himalayas.
Breeding Season: – From late May to June.
Eggs: – 3 to 6 (ivory-white color).
Notes: – The Bar headed Goose belongs to the Anser genus (Grey Geese) and is one of the world’s highest flying birds as it migrates over the Himalayan mountains.