Egyptian Goose - Birds

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Egyptian Goose

Alopochen aegyptiacus

conservation status Least Concern

Weight: 1.5 - 2.3 kg (3.3 - 5lb)
Wingspan: 1.3 - 1.55 m (4ft 4in -5ft 2in)
Body lenght: 0.6 - 0.75 m ( 2ft - 2ft 6in)
Wild population: no relevant data
Lifespan: 25 years
Gestation: 5-8 eggs, incubation after 28 days, usually just 1-2 chicks survive
Identification Pale head and underparts with patches of chestnut-colored feathers around each eye, brown back, pink legs.
Range: Sub-Saharan Africa and Nile Valley except parts of Congo and southwest Africa, feral populations elsewhere, for example in UK, Netherlands and Germany
Habitat: all kinds of wetlands, inland shores and meadows, high moorlands of Ethiopia up to 4000m (13.000ft)

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Egyptian Geese were domesticated by the Ancient Egyptians and figured prominently in Egyptian art. Together with Sacred Ibises were considered sacred. Antient Greeks and Romans also kept Egyptian Geeses as domestic poultry.
They are very aggressive and intolerant of other birds including individuals of their own kind , especially during breeding season . Although very quarrelsome, they form strong pair bonds for life. Their diet mostly consists of grass, herbs and grain crops.

Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiacus) - water young reed masai mara
Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiacus) - water young reed masai mara
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camera:NIKON D300
lens:Sigma 120-300 mm F2.8 APO EX DG IF HSM
extender:Sigma APO 2.0 EX DG
focal length:550 mm
exposure time:1/1250 s
stativ:pytlík s rýží/beanbag
location:Masai Mara, Kenya