While the Egyptian goose (Alopochen aegyptiacais) is considered an invasive species in many parts of the world, this one is right at home in Lake Manyara, Tanzania. Prized for its colorful plumage, this sub-Saharan waterfowl was introduced to Europe in the 19th century and has been spotted in places as faraway as Florida, Texas, and California.
It is claimed that the bird is a cross between a duck and a goose (see here, accessed 10/13/2019), but I’m suspicious.
The Egyptian goose thrives along the Nile and in sub-Saharan Africa. It is the only surviving member of a family of birds dubbed Alopochen or “fox-goose.” Other species once inhabited the island of Madagascar but are now extinct. The name is likely derived from their mottled color
A painted panel claimed to have been rescued from a third millennium BC tomb in Egypt may depict a couple of these geese. Since the tomb was located near the Meidum pyramid, it has been dubbed the "Meidum Geese.”
Controversy continues to be directed at the panel. An Italian scholar has claimed that the “Meidum Geese” was a clever 19th century forgery. If substantiated, the claim would be a blow, as the fine execution of the piece has earned it the status of an aviary “Mona Lisa.” Egyptian authorities deny the thought that this prized depiction was cooked up.
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