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Egyptian Goose Fact Sheet

  • Latin Name

    Alopochen aegyptiacus
  • Class

    Birds
  • Order

    Anseriformes
  • Range

    Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Habitat

    Wetlands, rivers, lakes, ponds and meadows

  • Niche

    Egyptian geese feed primarily on grasses, sedges, herbs and grain, although they also eats the occasional worm and locust. The birds gather together in flocks, which helps provide protection against predators.

  • Life History

    The male Egyptian goose attracts its mate with an elaborate, noisy courtship display that includes honking, neck stretching and feather displays. Nesting sites can vary widely, ranging from the ground to burrows, cliff ledges and treetops. The female builds the nest from reeds, leaves and grass, and both parents take turns incubating eggs. Egyptian geese are very aggressive during breeding season—they will chase other birds out of their territory and will occasionally harass larger animals, such as crocodiles.

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