Alopochen aegyptiacus

Description

The Egyptian Goose has two of the most obvious field marks, the first one being the chestnut eye patches surrounding its yellow eyes, and a brownish-red chest patch. Egyptian Geese have a brown stripe that forms a collar around the nape of the neck. There are two colour forms of Egyptian Geese: some have grey-brown upper parts, and others are red-brown. It has pink legs and feet. The bill is also pink, with a black tip and a dark base. The sexes look alike, but the female is slightly smaller.

Distribution

The Egyptian Goose are found mostly in Africa in the Nile Valley and south of the Sahara. It has also been introduced elsewhere; Great Britain, the Netherlands and Germany.

Lifespan

The Egyptian Goose can live for up to 25 years in captivity.

Size

The size of the Egyptian Goose is 63 - 73 centimetres in length.

Diet

Egyptian Geese usually feed on seeds, leaves, grasses, and plant stems.

Habitat

The Egyptian Goose are usually found inland, close to wet areas, and can sometimes be found on open plains.

Breeding

The breeding season of this species varies with location, but usually occurs in the spring or at the end of the dry season. The nest consists of reeds, leaves and grass, lined with down. The nest may be built among vegetation on the ground or near water, in a hole in an embankment or tree, on a cliff ledge or building, or even in the abandoned nest of another bird species. Between 5 - 12 unmarked, white or creamy eggs are laid, hatching after 28 to 30 days. The female solely incubates the eggs, whilst the male guards the nesting territory. The chicks fledge at around 60 to 75 days, but do not reach sexual maturity until about two years old.