Afrikaans name: Kolgans
An Egyptian Goose in flight
The Egyptian Goose was a sacred bird to the ancient Egyptians. They are found in the Nile River Valley and in sub-Saharan Africa. This 'goose' is actually a Shelduck.
It is an extremely common bird in many areas around South Africa. They adapt well to living near humans.
The Egyptian Goose is often found on land although they are good swimmers. They may be seen in trees or on buildings.
The pair nest in trees or in vegetation and the nest can be away from the water. They make excellent parents and defend their youngsters aggressively.
Egyptian Geese pair for life. The plumage of the male and female is identical. Males are slightly larger than females.
They mainly feed on vegetable material including farm crops. In some areas it is considered a pest and is hunted. Apart from vegetable material they also eat insects and worms.Above - Something cute - an Egyptian Goose gosling
Below - Something not so cute - a juvenile Egyptian Goose sprawled out on a lawn.
References and further readingA First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Year Published: 1975 - Page: 168
Animals of the Kruger National Park - Author: G. de Graaff - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 60
Birds of the Natal Drakensberg Park - Author: Robin Little and William Bainbridge - Year Published: 1992 - Page: 10
Birds of the South Western Cape - Author: Joy Frandsen - Year Published: - Page: 36
Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Year Published: 1999 - Page: 11
Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 40
Field Guide to the Cradle of Humankind - Author: B. Hilton-Barber & Prof. L. R. Berger - Year Published: 2004 - Page: 178
Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southern Africa - 2nd edi - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 408
Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 82
Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 83
Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 76