A pair of bar-headed geese in flight

Bar-headed goose

Bar-headed geese have to reach extreme heights when they migrate over the Himalayas. To be able to do this, the species is physiologically and biochemically adapted to flying at altitudes where oxygen levels and temperatures are both extremely low.

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Bar-headed geese can fly higher than Mount Everest making them the world's highest flying birds.

Scientific name: Anser indicus

Rank: Species

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Map showing the distribution of the Bar-headed goose taxa

Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

The Bar-headed goose can be found in a number of locations including: Asia, China, Himalayas, Russia, United Kingdom. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.


The following habitats are found across the Bar-headed goose distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.

Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

Conservation Status

Least Concern

  1. EX - Extinct
  2. EW
  3. CR - Threatened
  4. EN - Threatened
  5. VU - Threatened
  6. NT
  7. LC - Least concern

Year assessed: 2009

Classified by: IUCN 3.1


  1. Life
  2. Animals
  3. Vertebrates
  4. Birds
  5. Anseriformes
  6. Ducks, geese and swans
  7. Anser
  8. Bar-headed goose

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