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Sternum (Breast Bone) of a Alopochen aegyptiacus (Egyptian Goose)


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Species Description
The Egyptian Goose, which is actually a shelduck, is the only member of the genus Alopochen and was considered sacred by the early Egyptians. It lives throughout Africa, but populations are most concentrated south of the Sahara, in the Nile Valley. The Egyptian Goose grazes on land for seeds, shoots and leaves, but it will take insects on occasion. It is a largely terrestrial bird, more so than most other geese and ducks; the Egyptian Goose is also highly sedentary, and may spend its entire life in the same pond or lake (unless it is displaced by predators or drought).
Skeletal Elements Available

Sternum (Breast Bone)

Right Femur (Right Femur)

Left Radius (Lower Arm Bone)

Left Humerus (Left Upper Arm Bone)

Right Tibiotarsus (Middle Leg Bone, Right)

Right Humerus (Right Upper Arm Bone)

Cranium (Skull)
External Links
Animal Diversity Web
Encyclopedia of Life
Wikipedia Egyptian Goose Page

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