Project Description

(Alopochen aegyptiaca)

The Egyptian Goose is a member of the Duck and swan family.

It is not really a goose, but is actually a shelduck.

The most obvious field marks of the Egyptian Goose are the chestnut eye patches surrounding its yellow eyes, and a brown chest patch. They are native to Africa – south of the Sahara and the Nile Valley.

The Egyptians believe these geese were sacred and they regularly featured them in their artworks. These geese are excellent swimmers, but are mostly terrestrial and can be seen perching on trees and buildings.

Fast Facts

Country of Origin: Africa

Weight: 4 - 5.5 lbs

Size: 25 - 29 inches length

Lifespan: 14 years in the wild

Diet: Egyptian Geese typically eat seeds, insects, leaves, grasses, and plant stems

Conservation Status: Least Concern

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