Egyptian Goose

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Scientific name: Alopochen aegyptiaca

The basics:
The Egyptian Goose is a Shelduck, that lives naturally in the South of the Sahara in Africa, along the Nile River Valley, and in southern Israel. Egyptian Geese where imported to Britain in the 1700s, and can be found within Europe and the United States in both domesticated and wild flocks.

Variety: Gray/Brown
Uses: Ornamental, Wild
Temperament: Highly aggressive, will not even tolerate their own species during breeding season
Weight: 2.5 - 3 lbs
Parenting ability: Excellent, very protective
Noise level: Above average
Capable of flight: Yes
Meat production: Not usually consumed
Egg production: 5 - 12 eggs per year
Egg color: Cream

What else you should know:
The Egyptian goose spends most of its year living within a small family flock. As breeding season nears, they will pair off to build a nest and raise their goslings. Egyptian geese are excellent fliers and build their nests within trees. The goslings hatch around 30 days, and are coaxed to the ground by their parents. The goslings learn to fly within 11 weeks, and leave their parents a couple of weeks after.

Egyptian geese are sexually mature at two years of age. The males and females have identical coloration, and can only be told apart by their size. The males are larger then the females.

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