Egyptian goose

Alopochen aegyptiacus


Photo Credit: ©Andreas Trepte
Alopochen aegyptiacus  
Common Names:
  • Egyptian goose

  • Wetlands, including ponds and lakes, estuaries, wet woodland, parkland and meadows.

  • The Egyptian goose can be recognised by its distinctive brown eye patch and reddish brown plumage.

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Origin and Worldwide Distribution:
  • Native to Africa, the species was first introduced to Europe as an ornamental specimen for zoological collections and urban parks.
  • It has since escaped into the wild and is now established in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Cyprus, Denmark and Poland.

Potential or Known Impacts:
  • The Egyptian goose adapts easily to a wide range of environments.
  • It is an aggressive species that is known to hybridize with other goose and duck species and it out-competes native fauna for food and nesting sites.
  • When present in large numbers, its impacts include overgrazing, eutrophication and spread of diseases.

How did it/could it get here?
  • It could be transported as an ornamental species, although a sales ban and eradication plan are in place.

Is it found in Northern Ireland?
  • Only two passing through records in Northern Ireland.
  • More distribution information can be seen on NBN Atlas NI.

Methods for Prevention:
  • A sales ban, the phasing out from zoos, collections and any other ownership, a rapid eradication of any newly emerging populations and the management of established populations should prevent the species from becoming a wider problem across the EU.
  • Report all sightings.

You can help by reporting any sightings: @ the Centre for Environmental Data & Recording (CEDaR) - Or via the iRecord App.
For further queries, you can contact the Invasive Non Native Species (INNS) Team in the Northern Ireland Environment Agency on 028 9056 9558 or Email:

Species Related Files:

Invasive Species Northern Ireland

Invasive Species Northern Ireland