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Alopochen aegyptiaca (Egyptian Goose)

Synonyms: Alopochen aegyptiacus

Wikipedia Abstract

The Egyptian goose (Alopochen aegyptiacus) is a member of the duck, goose, and swan family Anatidae. It is native to Africa south of the Sahara and the Nile Valley. Egyptian geese were considered sacred by the Ancient Egyptians, and appeared in much of their artwork. They have been raised for food and extensively bred in parts of Africa since they were domesticated by the ancient Egyptians. Because of their popularity chiefly as ornamental bird, escapes are common and small feral populations have become established in Western Europe.
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EDGE Analysis

Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 5.88369
EDGE Score: 1.92915


Clutch Size [2]  7
Clutches / Year [5]  1
Incubation [2]  29 days
Maximum Longevity [2]  26 years
Water Biome [1]  Lakes and Ponds, Rivers and Streams
Wing Span [5]  4.723 feet (1.44 m)
Adult Weight [2]  4.189 lbs (1.90 kg)
Birth Weight [3]  97 grams
Diet [4]  Carnivore (Invertebrates), Herbivore
Diet - Invertibrates [4]  10 %
Diet - Plants [4]  90 %
Forages - Ground [4]  70 %
Forages - Water Surface [4]  30 %
Female Maturity [2]  2 years
Male Maturity [2]  2 years


Protected Areas


Important Bird Areas

Name Location  IBA Criteria   Website   Climate   Land Use 
Kafue flats Zambia A1, A3, A4i, A4iii
Kamfers Dam South Africa A4i

Biodiversity Hotspots

Prey / Diet

Prey / Diet Overlap


Acinonyx jubatus (Cheetah)[8]
Panthera leo (Lion)[8]


Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Range Map


Africa; Europe & Northern Asia (excluding China);

External References


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3Terje Lislevand, Jordi Figuerola, and Tamás Székely. 2007. Avian body sizes in relation to fecundity, mating system, display behavior, and resource sharing. Ecology 88:1605
4Hamish Wilman, Jonathan Belmaker, Jennifer Simpson, Carolina de la Rosa, Marcelo M. Rivadeneira, and Walter Jetz. 2014. EltonTraits 1.0: Species-level foraging attributes of the world's birds and mammals. Ecology 95:2027
5British Trust for Ornithology
6del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.
7Ecology of Commanster
8Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
9Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
Protected Areas provided by Biological Inventories of the World's Protected Areas in cooperation between the Information Center for the Environment at the University of California, Davis and numerous collaborators.
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