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Egyptian Goose, Alopochen aegyptiacus


Short description of Alopochen aegyptiacus, Egyptian Goose

The Egyptian Goose is a highly distinctive pale reddish-brown goose with long pink legs and a pinkish bill.  There are variable dark reddish-brown patches around the eyes and another on the lower breast.  In flight, the wings are broad and show extensive white across the covert area of the inner wing.  Calls are loud and have a distinctive braying quality.

Description of Alopochen aegyptiacus, Egyptian Goose status in GB

The Egyptian goose is established in East Anglia and occurs more sporadically elsewhere in GB.  The GB population is currently expanding steadily – in the 1990's there were estimated to be 1,000 birds across GB but during 2000–7 there were estimated to be 750–900 breeding pairs in Norfolk alone.

Habitat summary: Alopochen aegyptiacus, Egyptian Goose

The species occupies a broad range of wetland habitats and may also be seen far from water on agricultural land.

Overview table

Environment: Terrestrial
Species status: Non-Native
Native range: Europe, Africa, Southern Africa, Angola, Burkina, Burundi, Botswana, Central African Republic, Congo, Cameroon, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Mali, Mauritania, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sudan, Senegal, Somalia, Swaziland, Chad, Tunisia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Functional type: Herbivore
Status in England: Non-Native
Status in Scotland: Non-Native
Status in Wales: Non-Native
Location of first record: Thatcham
Date of first record: 1795

Distribution map

Map of the UK with areas shaded to show the UK distribution of Egyptian Goose

GB Distribution from NBN Atlas

Author's name:

John Marchant

Last updated:

September 26th 2016

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