Range: Africa and eastern Mediterranean area
Habitat: Their habitats include tropical to sub-tropical marshes, ponds, lakes and river banks.
Wild Diet: Young grasses, wheat, leaves, soft vegetables
Zoo Diet: Waterfowl diet
The Egyptian goose is a large shelduck. These birds are usually found in pairs, but large flocks occur in wheat-growing regions. They are considered a pest by South African grain farmers because they eat and trample shoots. They are daytime feeders and roost at night in trees and on sandbanks. This is a noisy and violent bird — pairs often fight. Although well able to swim and dive, this species is often seen grazing on open plains, especially after rains.
Nests are in holes in trees or on the ground, lined with down. Nests are well spread out and defended vigorously. Only the female incubates but both parents raise the chicks. The young get adult plumage in 3 to 4 months but take 2 to 3 years to mature.
Gestation: Incubation: 28 to 30 days
Litter: Clutch: 6 to 10 pale buff eggs
- The name is misleading, for the distribution of this bird goes far beyond the limits of Egypt. It is also known as the Nile Goose.