Egyptian Goose male

Egyptian Goose

Scientific name: Alopochen aegyptiaca

Did you know: Egyptian geese were considered sacred by the ancient Egyptians and are often depicted in their art!

What Do Egyptian Geese Look Like? (how to identify them)

Egyptian geese, members of the duck family Anatidae, are distinctive birds. They are 63–73 cm (25–29 in) long and appear heavy in flight, resembling geese more than ducks.

Both sexes have similar plumage, featuring grey and brown tones, with males being slightly larger. Their most striking features are the large white wing patches visible during flight and the chocolate brown patches around their eyes.

Differences Between Male And Female Egyptian Geese

While male and female Egyptian geese have similar plumage, males are generally larger with a more robust neck. Females tend to be slightly smaller and less vivid in coloration.

What Do Egyptian Geese Eat?

Egyptian geese are primarily herbivores, grazing on grasses and seeds. They also consume grain crops and aquatic plants. Occasionally, they eat small animals like locusts and worms, especially when raising young goslings.

Where Do Egyptian Geese Live? (inc. migration info)

Native to Sub-Saharan Africa and the Nile Valley, Egyptian geese thrive in open or semi-open habitats near freshwater. They have been introduced to various regions, including Europe and the United States, where they have established breeding populations.

Bird Calls & Songs (the unique voices of Egyptian Geese)

Male Egyptian geese have a hoarse, subdued quack and a louder, steam engine-like call. Females are more vocal with a raucous quack that sounds frequently, especially when disturbed or tending to their young.

Fun Egyptian Goose Facts (kid friendly)

  • Egyptian geese were sacred in ancient Egypt.
  • They can be quite noisy, with males making a low, grating snarl and females honking loudly.
  • These geese often walk their young over a kilometre to find water.
  • They’re not true geese but part of the shelduck sub-family.
  • Egyptian geese are known for their territorial behaviour.
  • They have a distinctive dark brown eye patch.
  • In flight, their large white wing patches are easily visible.
  • They usually nest in old trees, bushes, or even in nests of other birds.
  • Egyptian geese can live up to 15-20 years in the wild.
  • Despite their name, they are now common in many parts of the world outside Egypt.

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Facts About The Egyptian Goose

Diet: Seeds and grass.
Bird Family: Ducks, geese and swans
Length: 63-73 cm
Wingspan: 1.1-1.3 m
Weight: 1.5 to 2.25 kg
Scientific Name: Alopochen aegyptiaca

The Egyptian Goose Can Be Seen In The UK During The Following Months

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December

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