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Egyptian goose
Calls recorded in 1974 in the Masai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya
Calls, recorded in 2020 in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Genus: Alopochen
Species: A. aegyptiaca
Binomial name
Alopochen aegyptiaca
(Linnaeus, 1766)
Native range of A. aegyptiaca

Anas aegyptiaca Linnaeus, 1766

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Alopochen aegyptiacus

The Egyptian goose (Alopochen aegyptiacus) is a member of the duck, goose, and swan family, Anatidae. It lives in Africa, south of the Sahara and the Nile River Valley.

Egyptian geese were thought to be sacred by the people in Ancient Egypt. They appeared in much of their artwork. They have been raised for food and bred in parts of Africa since they were domesticated by the ancient Egyptians. Because of their popularity as an ornamental bird, they often escape. Small feral populations have become established in Western Europe.

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