The Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiacus) belongs to the Anatidae family and it’s the only extant member of the Alopochen genus. Another two or three species of the same genus disappeared from the Madagascar region in the last 1000 years.
The Egyptian goose is 63–73 cm long and lives mainly in south of the Sahara and in the Nile Valley.
Its plumage is identical in both sexes. The only difference is that the male is a little taller than the female.
This is a largely terrestrial species, which will also perch readily on trees and buildings. The male
Egyptian goose attracts its mate with an elaborate, noisy courtship display that includes honking, neck stretching and feather displays.
Egyptian geese eat seeds, herbs and plant roots.
Occasionally, they also eat locust, worms or other small animals.
This species will nest in a large variety of places, especially in the holes of the mature trees. The female builds the nest from reeds, leaves and grass, and both parents take turns incubating eggs. The Egyptian geese usually pair for life.