The Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiacus) is a large African waterbird with chocolate-brown eye patches, living close to rivers, lakes, marshes, and estuaries. Alopochen means fox-goose because it has feathers that are the same colour as a fox.
Egyptian Geese have red to grey-brown feathers, with black lower back, rump and tail feathers
There is a narrow, dark reddish-brown collar around the base of their long necks. The wings have iridescent green patches. Their eyes are orange and their beak is pinkish, with a black tip, black nostrils and black edges. Their legs and feet are pinkish, turning redder when in breeding condition.
They eat seeds, leaves, grasses, and plants. Sometimes they eat worms and other small animals, but they are mostly herbivores.
Egyptian Geese measure 63-73 centimetres (25-29 inches).
They are residential and do not migrate. They are monogamous (males and female pair for life). Females make their nest of leaves and grass anywhere – on the ground or in buildings.
Females lay 5-12 white eggs that she sits on for 28-30 days before they hatch. Both the male and female parent looks after the chicks. The chicks can fly after 60-75 days.
Their maximum recorded lifespan in captivity is 25 years.
The Egyptian Goose is related to the duck, goose, and swan family called Anatidae.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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