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Goose, Egyptian (Alopochen aegyptiacus)
Photo by Jane,Surrey,UK
 


Goose, Egyptian (Alopochen aegyptiacus)

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This species originates in Africa but was introduced to this country 3 centuries ago. Now feral populations can be found mainly in East Anglia. Noone seems to know however why this bird has never widely spread out. They can also turn up, as in the photograph above as single birds. They are mainly to be found on freshwater lakes and grassy parkland.
Egyptian geese are at home in trees. Perching and roosting there. They also like to breed in holes in trees. The clutches of eight or nine eggs hatch after about four weeks. Often only one or two young survive locally following predation by crows and competition with Canada geese and grey-lag geese.


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