Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiacus)

Adult Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiacus) at Richmond Park, London - October 2013

Weight: 1500-2300g
Length: 63-73cm
Wingspan: 134-154cm
NO UK STATUS / IUCN Red List

Originally an escapee species, Egyptian geese have spread with decent success and are now found on many bodies of water. They are not as common as their greylag or canada counterparts in geese stakes but are not too far behind in the East of England. For photography the duck/geese rule of "whatever distance they happen to be" definitely applies. Be careful around places with their own birds as individuals there might prove to be part of the collection.  While they are often fairly flighty in more rural settings, in more inner-city locations, they can be much more tolerant.

Related Species:
Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Genus: Alopochen
Subspecies: none - monotypic

- Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM - Local breeding species (1,100 pairs) and local Winter Visitor (3,400 birds)
 - Birds seen at sites including Rutland Water and Richmond Park.

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