French: Ouette d’Égypte German: Nilgans Spanish: Ganso del Nilo
Africa S of Sahara, Nile Valley.
63–73 cm; 1500–2348 g; wingspan 134–154 cm. Facial pattern and variable dark patch on breast distinctive. Fair amount of white on upperwing with iridescent... read more
Vocalizations are sexually dimorphic, although both sexes hiss when threatened and utter honking... read more
Favours a diversity of wetlands (dams, rivers, ephemeral pans, lakes, estuaries, offshore islands,... read more
Food and feeding
Mostly grass and seeds, leaves and stems of (principally aquatic) plants, vegetables, grain, shoots and potatoes; also some animal items,... read more
Season variable, but mostly during local spring or at end of dry season: in Kenya, all months; N Africa, Mar–Apr; Sudan, Jun and Sept... read more
Largely sedentary over much of range, with only some local movements perhaps linked with... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Most widely distributed member of family in Africa. Common to locally abundant, with greatest numbers in S & E Africa, where 200,... read more
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