Bird Watching

I saw the bird pictured below two days ago at Fort McHenry, in Baltimore, Maryland. New to me, it must be way out of its normal range. If you know more about why it’s showing up around here, or in North America at all, please leave a comment below. Thanks.

Egyptian goose

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Egyptian goose
Alopochen-aegyptiacus.jpg
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Subfamily: Tadorninae
Genus: Alopochen
Species: A. aegyptiaca
Binomial name
Alopochen aegyptiaca
(Linnaeus, 1766)
Alopochen aegyptiaca map.svg
Native range of A. aegyptiaca

The Egyptian goose (Alopochen aegyptiaca) is a member of the duck, goose, and swan familyAnatidae. It is native to Africa south of the Sahara and the Nile Valley.

Egyptian geese were considered sacred by the Ancient Egyptians, and appeared in much of their artwork. They have been raised for food and extensively bred in parts of Africa since they were domesticated by the ancient Egyptians. Because of their popularity chiefly as ornamental bird, escapes are common and small feral populations have become established in Western Europe.[2][3]

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2 Responses to Bird Watching

  1. Florence Newman says:

    Escaped from aviary? On a cultural exchange program? Blown off-course by tropical storm Ana?

  2. Jim says:

    I like two out of three. But the first idea drains all the romance from my migration fantasy. Actually, a mutual friend tells me that her friend—who keeps an aviary himself—thinks the great escape concept explains it exactly. Bummer. So much for romance . . .

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