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Egyptian goose


Egyptian goose
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Copyright: Uma KS (uma_k5) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 47 W: 6 N: 48] (313)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-03-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S2-IS 12X Zoom
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-05-31 13:23
Viewed: 3289
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Continuing my Jurong Bird Park series... sorry I couldn't get the tail in the photo...

The Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiacus) is a member of the duck, goose and swan family Anatidae. It is in the shelduck subfamily Tadorninae, and is the only extant member of the genus Alopochen. Two or three species of Alopochen from the Madagascar region have gone extinct in the last 1000 years or so:

Mauritian Shelduck, A. mauritianus - Mauritius, late 1690s
Malagasy Shelduck or Madagascar Shelduck, Alopochen sirabensis (may be subspecies of A. mauritianus) - Madagascar, prehistoric
Réunion Shelduck or Kervazo's Egyptian Goose, Alopochen kervazoi - Réunion, c.1690s

This 63-73 cm long species breeds widely in Africa except deserts and dense forests, and is locally abundant. They are found mostly in the Nile Valley and south of the Sahara. It is also introduced elsewhere; Great Britain has a self-sustaining feral population, dating back to the 18th century, though only formally added to the British list in 1971. In Britain, it is found mainly in East Anglia, in parkland with lakes.

This is a largely terrestrial species, which will also perch readily on trees and buildings. It swims well, and in flight looks heavy, more like a goose than a duck, hence the English name.

This is a territorial species in the breeding season, and will nest in a large variety of situations. Egyptian Geese pair for life.

The sexes of this striking species are identical in plumage, though the males average slightly larger. There is a fair amount of variation in plumage tone, with some birds greyer and others browner, but this is not sex or age related.

Egyptian geese typically eat seeds, leaves, grasses, and plant stems. Occasionally, they will eat locusts, worms, or other small animals.

Egyptian geese were considered sacred by the ancient Egyptians, and appeared in much of their artwork.

The Egyptian Goose is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.

(From Wikipedia)


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-05-31 14:00]
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Hi Uma,
Splendid shot of the goose. Nice colours and immaculate details on its plummage. Perfect light management and awesome eye contact. I like its elegant pose. Though the focus is a bit soft on its head it is quite impressive. I would have liked to have the entire goose on the frame. Anyway, very nicely composed and presented. Kudos.
TFS.
Sumon

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-06-01 6:03]
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Uma excellent details. Is the color of the is disturbed or it is natural? Ganesh

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