The Egyptian goose (Alopochen aegyptiacus) is a native to Africa, south of Sahara and the Nile Valley. They were considered sacred by the ancient Egyptians, and appeared in much of their artworks. They have been raised for food and extensively bred in parts of Africa since they were domesticated by the ancient Egyptians. It swims well and in flight looks heavy, more like goose than a duck, hence the English name. It is 63-73 cm long.