Wednesday, 24 April 2013

17. Bar-headed goose (Anser indicus)

It's the last of the geese today, and what a handsome goose the bar-headed goose is. Not native to the UK, most individuals spotted here are usual escapees from collections.

Bar-headed goose, ©BFS Man, via Flickr Creative Commons.
Bar-headed goose sketch.
The bar-headed goose is famous for its extreme migration habits - it flies over the Himalaya and is thus believed to make the highest-altitude migration of any animal. It is able to do this thanks to its specially-adapted physiology.

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