Found throughout most of Africa, south of the sahara.
Wetlands, near open spaces.
Egyptian geese are characterized by brown patches encircling each eye and a brown patch on the chest. They are very attractive during flight due to the white and iridescent colors on the underneath side of the wings. It's difficult to distinguish males from females by appearance, but you may be able to tell by listening. Only males produce a missing sound while females make a honking sound.
These geese are usually seen grazing in pairs on the African savannah. Occasionally they will feed in the shallow water of wetlands or marshes. Egyptian geese like to perch in trees at night and frequently return to the same spot each night. These geese can be very aggressive to other birds in their territory, especially during breeding season. They have a very noisy and harsh call and are often heard threatening any other Egyptian geese who venture to close to their area.
Egyptian geese reach sexual maturity at 2 years. They breed at the end of the dry season and pairs nest alone. The nests are found near water in trees, tree holes, or nests vacated by another species. They lay 5-12 eggs which are incubated for 28-30 days. Chicks fledge after 70 days.
These geese were considered sacred by the Ancient Egyptians, and it is common to see them in their artwork.
Hogle zoo has two Egyptian geese on exhibit at the African Savanna.
|Did YOU Know?|
|Egyptian geese were introduced into Britain in the 18th century, a population of about 500 feral geese still thrive there!|
|Average Lifespan:||7 years|
|Wild Diet:||Grasses, seeds, leaves and small insects. These birds are grazers (eating grasses).|
|Zoo Diet:||Scratch grains and green, leafy vegetables|
|Predators:||Crocodiles and humans|
|USFWS Status:||Not Listed|
|CITES Status:||Not Listed|
|Where at the Zoo?||Savanna|