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Egyptian Goose

(Alopochen aegyptiacus)
German name(s): "Nilgans"
Size: 63-73 cm; wing span 1.44 m (average)
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Egyptian Goose at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

PAIR

Lateral view of a pair of Egyptian Geese, male on the right (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Albufeira do Peso, Montemor o Novo, Evora, Portugal, April 2019]

Lateral view of two pairs of Egyptian Geese (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, October 2019]

Lateral view of a pair of Egyptian Geese in flight (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, December 2018]

Lateral/ventral view of a pair of Egyptian Geese in flight (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, November 2018]

Near-dorsal view of a pair of Egyptian Geese in flight (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Lagoa dos Patos, Alvito, Beja, Alentejo, Portugal, November 2021]

Dorsal view of a pair of Egyptian Geese in flight (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, December 2018]

Sex unknown

Full-frontal view of an Egyptian Goose (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Charca do Prates, Arraiolos, Evora, Portugal, February 2022]

Near-lateral view of an Egyptian Goose (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Parque da Paz, Almada, Setubal, Portugal, November 2022]

Close-up lateral view of a resting Egyptian Goose (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Parque da Cidade, Porto, Portugal, December 2019]

Lateral view of an Egyptian Goose (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Parque da Paz, Almada, Setubal, Portugal, November 2022]

Lateral view of a preening Egyptian Goose showing the colours of its speculum (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Parque da Paz, Almada, Setubal, Portugal, November 2022]

Lateral view of an Egyptian Goose (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Parque da Paz, Almada, Setubal, Portugal, July 2019]

Dorsal view of an Egyptian Goose (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Almada, Setubal, Portugal, January 2023]

Near-lateral view of an Egyptian Goose in flight (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Charca do Prates, Arraiolos, Evora, Portugal, February 2022]

Lateral view of an Egyptian Goose in flight (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Montargil Dam, Ponte de Sor, Evora, Portugal, June 2019]

Lateral view of an Egyptian Goose in flight (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Bate Orelhas, Samouco, Tejo estuary, Portugal, January 2023]

Lateral view of Egyptian Geese in flight (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Charca do Prates, Arraiolos, Evora, Portugal, February 2022]

Lateral view of an Egyptian Goose in flight (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Montargil Dam, Ponte de Sor, Evora, Portugal, June 2019]

Close-up lateral/ventral view of an Egyptian Goose in flight (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Montargil Dam, Ponte de Sor, Evora, Portugal, June 2019]

Dorsal view of an Egyptian Goose banking to touch down on water (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Montargil Dam, Ponte de Sor, Evora, Portugal, June 2019]

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

eggoose_jp_20220217_3.mp3 (Portugal) Contact calls? (+ sheep & their bells) © JP
eggoose_jp_20220217.mp3 (Portugal) Warning calls? (+ sheep & their bells) © JP
eggoose_jp_20220217_2.mp3 (Portugal) Warning & contact calls? (+ sheep & their bells) © JP

More Egyptian Goose sound recordings are available at xeno-canto.org .

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