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Nilgänse, or Egyptian Geese on the banks of the Rhine River

Just how and when the Egyptian goose made its way from the Nile to the Rhine I’ve yet to learn. Perhaps an expert will fill us in and this page can be updated. As there has been a Mediterranean presence in the Lower Rhine region since Roman times, the bird’s tenure could be quite long indeed. In any case, they are indigenous now and appear to think they own the place.

It isn't uncommon to see a pair of them, wings spread, walking arm-in-arm so to speak, squawking and bullying others off “their” turf, or to see a gander chasing away migrants. This is most common in winter when the high water makes dry land scarce and the place is full of migrating species. In summer they tend to live peacefully with other fowl. Alopochen aegyptiacus is called Nilgans in German and Nijlgans in Dutch.

 

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