STATUS IN THE WILD: Least Concern
RANGE Central and South Africa
PHYSICAL FEATURES AND CHARACTERISTICS
Egyptian geese are members of the duck, goose and swan family. They are mostly terrestrial and can be seen perching on trees and buildings. Male and female Egyptian geese look identical except that the males are slightly larger. The sex of the Egyptian goose can be determined by their vocalizations. The males tend to be much quieter and raspier with their quacks. The females are much more vocal and louder when they quack.
LIFESTYLE AND REPRODUCTION
Egyptian geese typically mate for life. They have a lifespan of about fifteen years in the wild but have been known to reach thirty-five years in captivity. They reach maturity at the age of two years. The parents are very territorial with their nests and will even attack other Egyptian geese.
RANGE AND HABITAT
They are found mostly in the Nile Valley and south of the Sahara desert. They have been introduced to parts of Europe as ornamental birds.
Egyptian geese usually eat seeds, leaves and grasses. They have been known to eat small insects and worms in addition to their typical diet.