Egyptian Goose - Alopochen aegyptiacus

    Description

    Related to the Shelduck, this pale brown and grey goose has distinctive dark brown eye-patches and contrasting white wing patches in flight.

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    Habitat

    Seen frequently on ornamental ponds where it was originally brought. Now can be seen on gravel pits and lowland lakes and wetlands. The north Norfolk coast holds the highest numbers; also in areas like the Norfolk Broads.

    When to see it

    All year round

    Life History

    It was introduced as an ornamental wildfowl species and has escaped into the wild, now successfully breeding in a feral state.

    UK Status

    Perhaps increasing in numbers but still not particularly common in Britain

    VC55 Status

    An uncommon feral bird in Leicestershire and Rutland and scarce as a breeding bird here, though a regular sight at Rutland Water.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map