Bar-headed Goose Anser indicus

Unfortunately this beautiful species does not occur as a wild bird in the UK, although a small number may breed ferally. A slightly larger feral population apparently exists on the Continent and it is believed that some birds from there turn up in the UK occasionally. However escapes from captivity are also encountered frequently and it will rarely be possible to confidently assign a bird to a feral Continental origin rather than a direct escape. The first photos below are of an individual which is assumed to be an escape, although a Continental origin cannot be ruled out.

The bird at Welney was feeding with Bewick's Swans which would have migrated through areas where Bar-headed Geese occur ferally so there is perhaps a chance it arrived with them; however it was reported at Welney on 4th October, by which date the first few Whoopers had arrived but not, as far as I know, any Bewick's.

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Bar-headed Goose, Coxford (Norfolk, UK), 16th March 2004

 

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Bar-headed Goose (with Greylag Goose), Coxford (Norfolk, UK), 16th March 2004

 

Bar-headed Goose, Coxford (Norfolk, UK), 20th April 2004 (same individual as in other photos)

 

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Bar-headed Goose (with Bewick's and Whooper Swans), Welney (Norfolk, UK), 6th December 2009

 

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captive Bar-headed Geese, Grange-over-Sands (Cumbria, UK), 28th December 2011

 

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captive Bar-headed Geese, Grange-over-Sands (Cumbria, UK), 27th December 2012

 

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Bar-headed Goose, Rollesby Broad (Norfolk, UK), 3rd April 2016