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Egyptian Goose

ID Info
  • Egyptian Goose
  • Egyptian Goose
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Silhouette GeeseGeese
Egyptian GooseAlopochen aegyptiaca
  • ORDER: Anseriformes
  • FAMILY: Anatidae

Basic Description

The Egyptian Goose is an odd waterfowl species, with an unusual color pattern highlighted by a reddish-brown eye mask, dark collar, and irregular breast patch. Despite its name, this bird is more like a large duck than a typical goose. It rests on the ground more than in the water, and it also perches on—and even nests in—trees. A highly adaptable species, Egyptian Goose is very successful in its native Africa, where it sometimes causes damage to crops. Introduced populations have become established in Europe and North America.

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Other Names

  • Ganso del Nilo (Spanish)
  • Ouette d'Égypte (French)
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