Egyptian goose

Egyptian goose Alopochen aegyptiaca

ClassAves
OrderAnseriformes
FamilyAnatidae
Size70cm
Weight1.5–2.2kg
Incubation28–30 days
Eggs6–12
Life-span14 years
Diet
vegetarian (grass, grains, leaves)

Habitat
rivers, lakes, wetlands

Range
Africa


Male Egyptian geese can be aggressive during the breeding season. Their courtship displays are noisy and extremely lively.
 
Couples generally build their nest near water and a source of food (cultivated fields, prairies), either on the ground or in a tree. Only females incubate the eggs.
 
It’s not easy to distinguish male and female Egyptian geese, but their cries are slightly different: males have a hoarse whistle whereas female cries are more like cackles.




Status in the wild (Source: IUCN)

  • Not evaluated
    NE
  • Data deficient
    DD
  • Least concern
    LC
  • Near threatened
    NT
  • Vulnerable
    VU
  • Endangered
    EN
  •  Critically endangered
    CR
  • Extinct in the wild
    EW
  • Extinct
    EX

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