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Conservation status: Introduced

Related to the shelduck, this pale brown and grey goose has distinctive dark brown eye-patches and contrasting white wing patches in flight. It was introduced as an ornamental wildfowl species and has escaped into the wild, now successfully breeding in a feral state.



Latin name

Alopochen aegyptiacus


Swans, ducks and geese (Anatidae)

Where to see them

Seen frequently on ornamental ponds where it was originally brought. Now can be seen on gravel pits and lowland lakes and wetlands. The north Norfolk coast holds the highest numbers; also in areas like the Norfolk Broads.

When to see them

All year round.

What they eat

Seeds and grass.


EuropeUK breeding*UK wintering*UK passage*
-1,100 pairs3,400 birds-



In the UK
Mainly Eastern England