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EGYPTIAN GOOSE

Cool Facts

These geese were considered sacred by the Ancient Egyptians, and it is common to see them in their artwork.

Description

Egyptian geese are characterized by brown patches encircling each eye and a brown patch on the chest. They are very attractive during light due to the white and iridescent colors on the underneath side of the wings. It's difficult to distinguish males from females by appearance, but you may be able to tell by listening. Males produce a missing sound while females make a honking sound. Height: (25 - 29 in) Weight: (3 - 5 lbs)

Lifespan

7 years

Sex Differences

Same appearance

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Range

Found throughout most of Africa, south of the sahara. Now rapidly coming to North America.

Habitat

Found in all wetland habitats. Near open spaces

Food

Grasses, seeds, leaves and small insects. These birds are grazers (eating grasses).

Behavior

These geese are usually seen grazing in pairs. Occasionally they will feed in the shallow water of wetlands or marshes. Egyptian geese like to perch in trees at night and frequently return to the same spot each night. These geese can be very aggressive to other birds in their territory, especially during breeding season. They have a very noisy and harsh call and are often heard threatening any other Egyptian geese who venture to close to their area.

Reproduction

Egyptian geese reach sexual maturity at 2 years. They breed at the end of the dry season and pairs nest alone. The nests are found near water in trees, tree holes, or nests vacated by another species.

Nest Type

Depression scraped in ground. Lined with vegetation and down from female's breast.

Egg Description

Creamy to greenish buff.
Incubation period 28-30 days.

Clutch Size

5-12 eggs.

Condition at Hatching

Covered in down.
Chicks leave nest at 13-16 hours after hatching, independent at 70 days.

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