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Bird name:

Egyptian Goose

Alopochen aegyptiaca

Order

ANSERIFORMES

Family

Geese and Ducks (Anatidae)

BTO 2

EG

BTO 5

EGYGO

Euring 5

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CONSERVATION STATUS

UK Conservation Status


Not Assessed

European Conservation Status


Conservation Description


The Egyptian Goose occurs in the the UK, Isle of Man, and Ireland as an introduced species. For this reason, the conservation status for this species is "not assessed'.

SUMMARY

Overview

Egyptian Goose: Small, multicoloured goose. Back dark grey with brown highlights, head and neck white with grey and red-brown mottling, and red-brown around eye. Underparts buff and light grey, and wings black and red-brown with large white patch. Bill, legs, and feet pink, and vent orange-brown.


Range and Habitat

Egyptian Goose: Introduced breeder, formerly confined to a limited territory in eastern England. In recent years population has increased and birds have spread west. Visible year round, it is frequently found on ornamental ponds where it was introduced. It has since escaped to breed on other lakes, gravel pits and wetlands. Most abundant near the north Norfolk coast and the Greater London area.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"honk-haah-haah-haah"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Egyptian Geese are very pugnacious and aggressive, especially during breeding season. They are intolerant of other birds including individuals of their own kind and are among the most vicious of all waterfowl.
  • They use a surprising variety of nest sites. Some nest on the ground, some in burrows, others prefer using ledges on cliffs or old buildings. Some select abandoned nests of other birds, often high in the crowns of trees.
  • They were domesticated by the Ancient Egyptians and figured prominently in Egyptian art of that period. They and Sacred Ibises were considered sacred. Romans and Greeks also kept them as domestic poultry.
  • A group of geese has many collective nouns, including a "chevron", "gaggle", "knot", and "skein" of geese.

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Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

VentX
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Four-letter (for English common names) and six-letter (for scientific names) species alpha codes were developed by Pyle and DeSante (2003, North American Bird-Bander 28:64-79) to reflect A.O.U. taxonomy and nomenclature (A.O.U. 1998) as modified by Supplements 42 (Auk 117:847-858, 2000) and 43 (Auk 119:897-906, 2002). The list has been updated by Pyle and DeSante to reflect changes reported by the A.O.U from 2003 through 2006.

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To find the ITIS page for a bird species go to the ITIS web site advanced search and report page at http://www.itis.gov/advanced_search.html. You can enter the TSN or the common name of the bird. It will return the ITIS page for that bird. Another way to obtain the ITIS page is to use the Google search engine. Enter the string ITIS followed by the taxonomic ID, for example "ITIS 178041" will return the page for the Allen's Hummingbird.

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