August 11, 2007

Alert: Colour marking of swans and geese in northern Mongolia

Greetings All,

I am pleased to announce the successful capture and marking of several waterfowl species while sampling for avian influenza in wild waterbirds in Mongolia during July 2007. During the course of fieldwork this summer, a subsample of 30 Whooper Swans, 50 Bar-headed Geese and 21 Bean Geese have been fitted with coloured neck collars in Hovsgol (Khuvsgul) aimag (province) in northern Mongolia. Details of collars fitted are given below, and are illustrated in the photographs.

* 30 Whooper Swans fitted with red collars with white lettering (A01 to A30)

* 50 Bar-headed Geese fitted with yellow collars with black lettering (A0 to A9, B0 to B9, C0 to C9, D0 to D9 and E0 to E9)

* 21 Bean Geese fitted with yellow collars with black lettering (P51 to P71), also fitted with numbered metal leg rings, with bands on right leg indicating females and left leg indicating males (based on cloacal sexing). All Bean Goose collars were supplied by our collaborator Thomas Heinicke.

Whooper Swan. Photo © M. Gilbert, WCS

I would be very grateful if observers in Asia could be alert to the presence of neck collars when observing these species through range states (including those in Central Asia, Korean peninsula, China, South Asia).

Bean Goose. Photo © M. Gilbert, WCS

Please report any resightings to myself, Martin Gilbert at mgilbert at News of resightings and the details of the rest of our work will be posted on the GAINS website, Please also forward this message to others working in the region who may be able to contribute resightings.

Bar-headed Goose. Photo © M. Gilbert, WCS

This work has been carried out as part of the USAID-supported Global Avian Influenza Network for Surveillance (GAINS). The primary objectives of GAINS are to expand operational field capabilities, improve the understanding of viral strains and transmission of all strains of influenza viruses in wild birds, and to disseminate information to all levels of governments, international organizations, the private sector and the general public. Through this work the Wildlife Conservation Society seeks to contribute to our understanding of migratory movements, distribution and population status of wild birds.

Further alert to wader marking in northern and central Mongolia

Fieldwork is on-going, and in addition to the above announcement, the GAINS team in Mongolia will be fitting coloured leg flags during the southward migration period over the next few weeks. Capture and marking of several species is anticipated including Ruff, Wood Sandpiper, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Red-necked Stint, with other species marked depending on availability of supplies. These birds will be fitted with leg flags coloured Blue over Green on the right leg. As with the swans and geese, please report any resightings to myself at the e-mail address above.

The material for these leg flags has been obtained through the kind assistance of Clive Minton and others with the Austalasian Wader Studies Group.

Best wishes to all,

Martin Gilbert
Field Veterinarian - Asia
Wildlife Conservation Society


Anonymous said...
One of them appears to have reached Mysore, India

Anonymous said...

Dear All? The Banding Team,
I am happy to convey you that we have a flock of around 200 Barheaded Geese wintering here at a small Paradgaon Lake in Nagpur district of Maharashtra state of India. One bird is having a tellow collar on the neck of the Barheaded Goose. The coordinates will be taken tomorrow and informed to you. My friend Aditya Joshi has taken the photo.
All the best to your team.
Raju Kasambe,

Anonymous said...

Dear Martin,

I was able to capture the C6 Bar headed goose amongst the other 44 BHG on Veer Dam, approx. 55 kms south of Pune City in Central Western India....Here is the link to the photo

Hope this helps !!

Adesh Shivkar

Anonymous said...

Dear Martin,

We saw a Bar-headed Goose, among 1000+ birds seen, was found to be bearing collar 'C9' in Magadi wetland in Karnataka India.

A photo has been uploaded to the following website.

Details of the place and time the bird was seen are as below:

Google Earth location:
Latitude: 15°13'18.04"N,
Longitude: 75°30'56.08"E,
Range: 940m,
Heading: 1.000000°,
Tilt: 0.000000°

Photograph taken:
Date: 09-Dec-2008
Time: 12:42PM
Place: Magadi tank, Magadi village, Shirahatti taluk, Gadag district, Karnataka, India.

With regards,
gpitta at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

The IndiaNatureWatch link does not appear correctly in the previous posts. Here I have broken them for your perusal.

Near Mysore:

Near Pune:

kulashekaracs said...

Dear All,

Today, on 26th January 2009 I sighted Bar-headed Goose with No.D9 at Kaggalipura lake, Mysore Dist, Karnataka, India and you can view the photograph at

Kulashekara C S

Anonymous said...

Dear All,

On 26th January 2009 I sighted Bar-headed Goose with No.C7 at Kaggalipura lake, Mysore Dist, Karnataka, India and you can view the photograph at


Balamahesh P said...

Dear All,

On 24th January 2009 I sighted Bar-headed Goose with No.C7 at Kaggalipura lake, Mysore Dist, Karnataka, India and you can view the photograph at


Anonymous said...

Dear all
I have sighted a Bar-headed Goose collared with A0 on 26th Jan at Kaggalipura lake, Mysore, Karnataka, India. This can be viewed at
sadat ali khan

Anonymous said...

I have Sighted Bar headed goose, banded specimen V9 atKaggalipura lake, Mysore on 25 Jan 09.


kulashekaracs said...

Today on 3rd January 2010, I visited Kaggalipura lake, Mysore Dist, Karnataka, India to see the visitors from Mongolia... Though their population was less than the previous year I was able to locate four tagged birds with Nos.H38, D9, T6 and JU. I had photographed D9 last year also. links for this years photographs are as follows:

Mike Prince said...

Bar-headed Goose C3 was seen in a flock of 255 geese at Kaggalipura lake, Mysore, Karnataka, India on 7 February 2010. Will send photos later.

e111 said...

interesting article

Alprazolam said...

My how times have changed.

kale_v said...

About 100 birds seen at veer dam, Maharashtra, near Pune, India on 30th Nov 2011 and 15th Dec 2011. The bird with collar X37 seen and photographed.


Vivek Kale

Anonymous said...


We saw C6 Bar-headed Goose along with 9 others at Veer Dam near Pune City, India.

Bhavesh Rathod

Jayaprakash said...

About 550 Bar headed goose seen at koonthakkulam,Tamilnadu,India on 19th February 2013.I was able to take the photograph of five collared birds with Nos.P69,H83(green collars),S6, SD and H73(red collars).One graylag goose also seen along this flock.


Shrikanth Hegde said...

Dear all I had seen a Barheaded geese with a green collor and numbered P54 on 30-12-2012 at Magadi, Gadag Dist,Karnataka ,India. The co ordinates are Latitude 15.223911° N
Longitude 75.514031° E
I have the image and can mail it you .It was in a group of several hundred bar headed geese
Dr Shrikanth N Hegde

Unknown said...

Dear Team,
On my recent birding trip to Pune, I have spotted green collard Bar-headed goose labled "X15" on dated 09/12/2015. I have email to Martin Gilbert and recieved an email from one of his colleague from Mongolia. Dr. Nyambayar Batbayar, Director of Wildlife Science and Conservation Center, Mongolia wrote me that, "X15" was banded by hus team in July 2010 at Nogoon Lake in west-central Mongolia. This is the first record of this bird since its capture.
thanks for reading.
With best regards,

Anonymous said...

At Kaggalipura Lake,near Mysore,India (Google coordinates 12°16'18"N 76°53'51"E ),have sighted and photographed Barheaded goose with collar ID D9 on 13-02-2016.

Unknown said...

Every year more than 5000-6000 bar headed geese being arrived at Magadi lake Gadag, karnataka, India.Among them many are tied with different coloured collar ID. I had already reported to Dr. Martin Gilbert in 2017 and Gilbert also replied.Still there are some bar headed geese with different color and number collar ID to be identified that from where and when and who had put these collar IDs and the purpose of it.

Unknown said...

This is published by Dr. G. Manohara Asst Prof Dept Of Zoology,veerashaiva college Ballari. Karnataka, India.