Geese Breed Focus - Egyptian

Discussion in 'Geese' started by sumi, Apr 2, 2016.

  1. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    The Egyptian geese species breeds widely in Africa except in deserts and dense forests. They are found mostly in the Nile Valley and south of the Sahara. Egyptian Geese were domesticated by the Ancient Egyptians and figured prominently in Egyptian art of that period. They and Sacred Ibises were considered sacred. Romans and Greeks also kept them as domestic poultry. It has also been introduced elsewhere: Great Britain, the Netherlands and Germany, the British population dating back to the 18th century, though only formally added to the British list in 1971. In Britain, it is found mainly in East Anglia, in parkland with lakes.

    Males and females of this species are identical in plumage, but the males are on average slightly larger. There is a fair amount of variation in plumage colour, with some birds greyer and others showing more brown, and this is not sex- or age-related.

    The voices and vocalisations of the sexes differ, with the male having a hoarse, subdued duck-like quack which seldom sounds unless it is aroused. The female has a far noisier raucous quack that frequently sounds in aggression and almost incessantly at the slightest disturbance when tending her goslings.

    Egyptian geese usually pair for life. Both the male and female care for the offspring until they are old enough to fend for themselves.


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    Last edited: Apr 2, 2016
  2. Akrnaf2

    Akrnaf2 The educated Rhino Premium Member

    Jul 5, 2014
    Center of Israel
    I don't have them but I can occasionally see pairs them flying over the wheat fields near my home!

    Not my pic! A pic of an Israeli photographer : Avi ben har

    We have the wild type coloration!
    Last edited: Apr 2, 2016
  3. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    They are gorgeous, I've never seen any around here.
  5. ViolinPlayer123

    ViolinPlayer123 True BYC Addict

    Oct 26, 2015
    Strombergs has them!
  6. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
    I've only seen one locally at the river.

    I think they're beautiful but have heard they are extremely aggressive especially during breeding season.
  7. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    I've heard that too @Kevin565
  8. Palomabunny

    Palomabunny New Egg

    Mar 26, 2016
    I have an Egyptian goose! I rescued Wazee over one year ago.He/she is big, beautiful & very robust. Wazee quacked a few times & thought she was a girl but I am not so sure. I am trying to find a safe forever home for Wazee with other Egyptian geese--Wazee has a mirror for company but it is not enough. Please contact me if you have E. geese & we'll discuss. Much thx!
  9. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

  10. Palomabunny

    Palomabunny New Egg

    Mar 26, 2016
    I live in New Jersey

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