Egyptian Goose - Alopochen aegyptiacus

Description

Related to the Shelduck, this pale brown and grey goose has distinctive dark brown eye-patches and contrasting white wing patches in flight.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

Seen frequently on ornamental ponds where it was originally brought. Now can be seen on gravel pits and lowland lakes and wetlands. The north Norfolk coast holds the highest numbers; also in areas like the Norfolk Broads.

When to see it

All year round

Life History

It was introduced as an ornamental wildfowl species and has escaped into the wild, now successfully breeding in a feral state.

UK Status

Perhaps increasing in numbers but still not particularly common in Britain

VC55 Status

An uncommon feral bird in Leicestershire and Rutland and scarce as a breeding bird here, though a regular sight at Rutland Water.

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Species profile

Common names
Egyptian Goose
Species group:
Birds
Kingdom:
Animalia
Order:
Anseriformes
Family:
Anatidae
Records on NatureSpot:
883
First record:
10/03/2006 (Nicholls, David)
Last record:
07/02/2024 (Nicholls, David)

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