Saturday, May 2, 2009
Egyptian beauty that no home pond should be without.....
Meet the latest pond additions, a pair of Egyptian geese. A wonderful lady was looking for a good home for them as she was having raccoon predation problems and I was the lucky recipient! :)
They are pretty shy, and don't allow me to get very close. I'm hoping that changes as they get used to me, either that or I'm going to have to get a better zoom lens.
A little bit about Egyptian geese, 'Alopochen aegytiacus', it is the only existing member of the genus Alopochen. They are not endangered, however. It breeds in most countries of Africa, except where there are deserts and dense forests. The areas you are most likely to see the geese in the wild are the Nile Valley and the area south of the Sahara.
The Egyptian goose is actually a member of the shelduck subfamily called Tadorninae, and was considered sacred by ancient Egyptians and appeared in much of their artwork.
It's not a vocal bird, though males do emit a raspy hiss and females produce a cackling honk when stressed or demonstrating aggressive behavior. They are monogamous and mate for life.
They nest in a number of places but especially like holes in mature trees.
Egyptian geese have been known to live as long as 14 years.
Suggestions for names? :)