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Encyclopedia > Alopochen
Egyptian Goose
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Genus: Alopochen
Species: aegyptiacus
Binomial name
Alopochen aegyptiacus
(Linnaeus, 1766)

The Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiacus) is a member of the duck, goose and swan family Anatidae. It is in the shelduck subfamily Tadorninae, and is the only member of the genus Alopochen (Stejneger, 1885).

This 63-73 cm long species breeds widely in Great Britain has a self-sustaining feral 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.

This is a largely terrestrial species, which will also perch readily on trees and buildings. It swims well, and in flight looks heavy, more like a goose than a duck, whence the English name.

This is a territorial species in the breeding season, and will nest in a large variety of situations.

The sexes of this striking species are identical in plumage, though the males average slightly larger. There is a fair amount of variation in plumage tone, with some birds greyer and others browner, but this is not sex or age related.

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ADW: Alopochen aegyptiacus: Information (1266 words)
Alopochen aegyptiacus are not hunted by many people because they live in such remote locations, but some farmers may shoot at them to scare them away from their agricultural fields.
Lensink, R. Temporal and spatial expansion of the Egyptian goose Alopochen aegyptiacus in The Netherlands.
Population dynamics and the physical and financial impacts to cereal crops of the Egyptian Goose Alopochen aegyptiacus on the Agulhas Plain, Western Cape, South Africa.
alopochen aegyptiaca - definition by dict.die.net (344 words)
Gambensis) and the Egyptian, or Nile, goose (Alopochen [AE]gyptiaca).
Note: The Egyptian or fox goose (Alopochen [AE]gyptiaca) and the African spur-winged geese (Plectropterus) belong to the family Plectropterid[ae].
The Australian semipalmated goose (Anseranas semipalmata) and Cape Barren goose (Cereopsis Nov[ae]-Hollandi[ae]) are very different from northern geese, and each is made the type of a distinct family.
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