French: Oie à tête barrée German: Streifengans Spanish: Ánsar indio
India in winter, and Tibet
High altitudes in C Asia, mainly Mongolia and China. Winters from Pakistan to Myanmar.
71–76 cm; 2000–3000 g; wingspan 140–160 cm. Unmistakable A close-up of an adult. Very pale grey with white face, dark hindneck and lower flanks, white... read more
Cackling notes considered rather human-like, whereas in flight gives slow, deliberate honking... read more
Breeds on variety of wetlands in highland plateaux, generally at 4000–5300 m, preferably near... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly vegetarian; grasses, roots, stems and green parts of plants and sedges; in winter also grain, tubers and other vegetables, and... read more
Starts late May/Jun, with egg-laying commencing in second week of May in Ladakh or early to mid May in Tien Shan, with fledging there... read more
Majority of birds migratory, flying southwards to winter in N India and adjacent countries, but... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Previously considered Near Threatened. World population estimated at 32,300–36,400 individuals in late 1990s, of which 13,000... read more
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