Egyptian geese have long necks, long pink legs, a pink bill and brown eye patches encircling each eye. They are distinguished from closely related species by a brown patch in the middle of the chest. The upper wings and the head are brown, while the rest of the body is light brown. The underside of the wings is white and green. Juveniles do not have the brown eye patches or a patch on the chest.
Egyptian geese are anywhere from 63 to 73 cm in height and they can weigh from 1.5 to 2.3 kg. The wingspan is fairly large, measuring 38 cm, on average.
Distinguishing between males and females can be a challenge. The females are smaller than the males, but otherwise both sexes look alike. One way to tell them apart is by their sound. Males make a raspy hiss, while females produce a cackling sound. Although they are not terribly vocal, when they are feeling aggressive or stressed they will make a great deal of noise.
Range mass: 1500 to 2250 g.
Range length: 73 to 63 cm.
Range wingspan: 35 to 40 cm.
Average wingspan: 38 cm.
Sexual Dimorphism: sexes alike; male larger
- Newman, K. 1983. Newman's Birds of Southern Africa. South Africa: Southern Books.
- Sclater, W. 1906. The Birds of South Africa. London: R.H. Porter.