Egyptian Goose

Scientific Name:
Alopochen aegyptiaca
Sub-Saharan Africa
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About the Egyptian Goose

The Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiaca) is a species of waterfowl native to Africa, named after its presence in ancient Egyptian art and hieroglyphs.


Egyptian Geese are commonly found in a variety of wetland habitats, including lakes, rivers, marshes, swamps, and estuaries. They also inhabit adjacent grasslands, agricultural fields, and urban areas with suitable water bodies. These geese are often seen grazing on grassy banks or swimming in open water, where they feed on aquatic vegetation, grasses, seeds, and small invertebrates.


Egyptian Geese are medium-sized waterfowl, measuring approximately 63 to 73 centimeters (25 to 29 inches) in length. They have a relatively large and bulky body with a long neck, a distinctive brown eye patch, and prominent white wing patches visible in flight. Both males and females have similar plumage, with a chestnut-brown body, a pale face, and a dark brown back. Best Viewing The best places to view Egyptian Geese are in wetland habitats and water bodies within their range. Look for them in lakes, rivers, ponds, and marshes where they are commonly found. These geese are often seen swimming, grazing on grassy banks, or resting on shorelines, particularly during the early morning or late afternoon hours when they are most active.