Nonnatives - Egyptian Goose

Egyptian Goose - Alopochen aegyptiaca

Florida's Nonnative Wildlife. Species detail.

First year: 1960's

Extirpated year:

Established status: Species are present but not confirmed to be breeding. Population persists only with repeated introductions and/or escapes of individuals.

Estimated Florida range: 2 counties  At least 10 years, 1 county  Less than 10 years, 6 counties  Not reported breeding

Statewide trend: Unknown status

Threats to natives:  Unknown

Species Account: Native to North Africa and Syria. This is probably the most commonly seen exotic goose species in the wild in Florida, but it rarely breeds successfully (Florida BBA). The sightings in Florida represent escapees.

Habitats: Lakes

County First Year Extirpated Year Breeding status Notes
Bay 1996   Not reported breeding (Pranty 1997b)
Broward 1960s   Less than 10 years (B. Pranty, 2001 unpublished data), reported breeding with 6 young at Woodmont County Club in Tamarac
Dade 1960's   Not reported breeding  
Gulf 1996   Not reported breeding (Pranty 1997b)
Hillsborough 1960's   At least 10 years Reported confirmed breeding (Florida BBA 1986-91).
Lake 1960's   Not reported breeding (B. Pranty, 2001 unpublished data)
Marion 1998   Not reported breeding (Pranty 1999b)
Monroe 1960's   Not reported breeding  
Pinellas 1960's   At least 10 years  


Pranty, B. 1997b. Field observations [fall report: August to November 1997]. Florida Field Naturalist 25:74-84.

Pranty, B. 1999b. Field observations [spring report: March to May 1999]. Florida Field Naturalist 27:182-193.

Robertson, W. B., and G. E. Woolfenden. 1992. Florida bird species: an annotated list. Florida Ornithological Society, Gainesville, Florida, USA.

Stevenson, H. M., and B. H. Anderson. 1994. The birdlife of Florida. University Press of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA.


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