Anser indicus, Lath.
949._Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 782 ; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 285 ; Game Birds of India, Vol. III, p. 81.
THE BARRED-HEADED GOOSE.
Length, 27.25 to 33.5 ; expanse, 56 to 66 ; wing, 16 to 19; tail, 5 to 7 ; bill from gape, 1.8 to 2.3 ; weight, 4 to 6 14/16 lbs,
Bill orange-yellow to orange; nail blackish ; irides deep brown; legs and feet bright orange.
Head white, with two blackish bars on the occiput and nape; back of neck hair-brown, sides of neck white; upper plumage very pale ashy, the feathers edged with whitish and tinged with pale reddish brown ; lower back and rump pure pale ashy-grey; sides of the rump and upper tail-coverts whitish; tail grey, white tipped; wing-coverts pure ashy; quills grey, dusky towards the tip, and gradually becoming darker on the secondaries ; tertials brownish-grey ; beneath, the chin and throat white ; heck brownish-ashy, passing gradually into cinereous on the breast, whitish oh the abdomen; vent and Under tail-coverts white ; flanks cinnamon-brown with pale edgings.
The Barred-headed Goose is very common in Sind during the cold season.
It only occurs occasionally in other parts of the district.