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Egyptian Goose,Ganso do Egito

Alopochen aegyptiacus

Description:

It swims well, and in flight looks heavy, more like a goose than a duck, hence the English name.[citation needed] It is 63–73 cm long. The sexes of this striking species are identical in plumage, though the males average slightly larger. There is a fair amount of variation in plumage tone, with some birds greyer and others browner, but this is not sex or age related. A large part of the wings of mature birds is white, but in repose the white is hidden by the wing coverts. When it is aroused, either in alarm or aggression, the white begins to show. In flight or when the wings are fully spread in aggression the white is conspicuous. The voices and vocalisations of the sexes differ, the male having a hoarse, subdued duck-like quack which seldom sounds unless it is aroused. The male Egyptian goose attracts its mate with an elaborate, noisy courtship display that includes honking, neck stretching and feather displays.[1] The female has a far noisier raucous quack that frequently sounds in aggression and almost incessantly at the slightest disturbance when tending her young. Both sexes are aggressively territorial towards their own species when breeding and frequently pursue intruders into the air, attacking them in aerial "dogfights

Habitat:

This species breeds widely in Africa except in deserts and dense forests, and is locally abundant. They are found mostly in the Nile Valley and south of the Sahara. It has also been introduced elsewhere: Great Britain, the Netherlands and Germany have self-sustaining feral populations. The British population dates back to the 18th century, though only formally added to the British list in 1971. In Britain, it is found mainly in East Anglia, in parkland with lakes. It was officially declared a pest in the U.K. in 2009. The Egyptian Goose is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies. BehaviourThis is a largely terrestrial species, which will also perch readily on trees and buildings. Egyptian geese typically eat seeds, leaves, grasses, and plant stems. Occasionally, they will eat locusts, worms, or other small animals. They are extremely territorial and often fight with other pairs for a breeding ground. Neighbouring pairs may even kill another's offspring for their own offsprings' survival as well as for more resources. This species will nest in a large variety of situations, especially in holes in mature trees in parkland. The female builds the nest from reeds, leaves and grass, and both parents take turns incubating eggs.[1] Egyptian Geese usually pair for life. Both the male and female care for the offspring until they are old enough to care for themselves.

Notes:

spotted in the Porto city park

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7 Comments

Thanks venusflytrap2000,very cool you are studding this goose and yes it's not really a goose, but is actually a Shelduck's :-)
http://www.birdinginformation.com/birds/...
https://www.rspb.org.uk/wildlife/birdgui...

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 7 years ago

very cool spotting, antonio, i am reading about egyptian geese right now in school [i am homeschooled by the way] so this is a really neat spotting. Did you know they are not geese at all, but rather ducks? and it has been both worshipped and hated by many cultures worldwide

AntónioGinjaGinja
AntónioGinjaGinja 8 years ago

thanks Emma it's a proud bird very territorial,allways in control

Hema
Hema 8 years ago

great portrait!

AntónioGinjaGinja
AntónioGinjaGinja 8 years ago

@thanks Crosby for you nice words
@thanks Maria :)

Maria dB
Maria dB 8 years ago

nice portraits!

CrosbyMorrow
CrosbyMorrow 8 years ago

Gorgeous bird!

Porto, Portugal

Spotted on Jul 4, 2012
Submitted on Jul 8, 2012

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