Egyptian goose

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Egyptian goose
Alopochen-aegyptiacus.jpg
Calls recorded in the Masai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Class: Aves
Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Genus: Alopochen
Binomial name
Alopochen aegyptiacus
(Linnaeus, 1766)
Alopochen aegyptiaca map.svg
Native range of A. aegyptiacus


Alopochen aegyptiacus

The Egyptian goose (Alopochen aegyptiacus) is a member of the duck, goose, and swan family, Anatidae. It lives in Africa, south of the Sahara and the Nile River Valley.

Egyptian geese were thought to be sacred by the people in Ancient Egypt. They appeared in much of their artwork. They have been raised for food and bred in parts of Africa since they were domesticated by the ancient Egyptians. Because of their popularity as an ornamental bird, they often escape. Small feral populations have become established in Western Europe.[2][3]


References[change | change source]

  1. "Alopochen aegyptiaca". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. Dohner, Janet V. (2001). The Encyclopedia of Historic and Endangered Livestock and Poultry Breeds. Yale University Press. ISBN 030013813X.
  3. Braun, D.G. (2004). "First documented nesting in the wild of Egyptian Geese in Florida". Florida Field Naturalist 32 (4): 138–143. http://www.fosbirds.org/sites/default/files/FFNs/FFNv32n4p138-143Braun.pdf.