Why the Egyptian Goose stands out of the many birds

Why the Egyptian Goose stands out of the many birds

March 25, 2014

Just like Rwanda,Uganda is one of the birding paradises in Africa with a wide collection of different bird species. Some of these birds are within the country and are only found in Uganda while as others just migrate from other countries. The presence of some rare birds in Uganda has greatly attracted birders from different parts of the world. One of the special bird species that a visitor can see while on his/her Safari  is the Egyptian Goose.On your Rwanda tour,your can extend to Uganda and and enjoy a splendid view of a wide collection of birds.

The multi-beautiful colours that are possessed by this unique bird makes it stand out in a group of many birds. Being a member of the swan family, the duck-like goose is commonly found in Africa, 38% of this population found in Uganda. These birds like staying near the water and this explains why in Uganda, most of the geese are found around Lake Victoria.

Egyptian Goose

If you are not careful, you may mistake an Egyptian Goose for a duck because of their resemblances but looking at it with a keen eye, the pink feet and the brown colour with a distinctive white patch on the wing makes it different. The Pink-webbed feet enable it swim on calm water.

The Goose is territorial by nature in that they protect their homes and young ones from other unknown birds. During the breeding period, the defending of territories intensifies and the female Goose becomes unfriendly to intruders and in case there is any bad step taken by an intruder an aerial combat attack is the best solution.

Unlike other birds, both the female and the male goose stay together as a pair and are seen flying together in search for food. Even when raising their young ones, they both take part and it is until when the young ones can be independent that they are left to choose their own way.

 Geese largely feed on seeds but also eat leaves, locusts, worms, grasses, plant stems, ants, termites and other small animals.The lifespan of a protected Goose is between 20-25 years.


The Egyptian Goose according to research is said to be the most closely related specie to the shelducks and belongs to its sub-family called the Tadorninae. Egyptian Goose’s generic name is fox goose, which means the colour of its back.

The Egyptian Goose (old) measure between 65-75 cm long and they looks heavy while flying. They can swim well using its cobwebbed feet.

There is a difference between the plumage tone of an old goose and a young goose with some greyer while others browner. A larger portion of a mature goose’s wing is white and hidden by the wing converts. The white is seen when the goose is alarmed or when it is aggressive and when it is flying.

The Egyptian Geese are mainly found in Africa ( found in the Nile Valley and South of the Sahara) except in dense forests and desert places. They are also known for migrating in case they are not breeding and this explains why they construct short-term nests as they keep on changing homes.

The Egyptian Geese are terrestrial bird species which readily perch on trees and buildings. They mainly feed on leaves, seeds, grasses and plant stems. They also eat worms, locusts and small animals.

Best times to view the Egyptian Goose in Uganda

Before you extend your Rwanda bird watching safari to Uganda,you need to know about the weather changes for easy views.Though the Egyptian Goose can be viewed throughout the year in East Africa, there are specific times when these birds can best be viewed. In Uganda,it is more conducive to watch them during the months of November and April. This is because during this period, different Egyptian Geese emigrate from different countries to the East African country.

Our company can help you enjoy a splendid safari to both Uganda and Rwanda at fair prices.All you need to do is to make an inquiry with us on this website and we shall reply immediately.Other tourist attractions that you can enjoy in these countries include;gorilla tracking,chimpanzee trekking,game viewing,cultural tour,nature walks,hiking and many more.