Like the infamous Muscovy Ducks, they too were imported to the Florida Peninsula by man many years ago, but the Egyptian Geese birds have established a foot-hole in South Florida and it seems that they are here to stay.
At least this appears to be the idea of a pair of unpretentious looking Egyptian Geese birds who quietly flew into the sprawling acreage of the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Metropolitan Miami last summer, and they’re still on the grounds there.
In fact, they have become celebrities among the thousands of tropical native plants to be found at the Garden. (The Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is one of the premier conservation and education-based gardens in the world and a recognized international leader in both Florida and international conservation.)
There’s something very imperial, though, about these non-native Florida species which seem to set them apart from their Muscovy cousins who, needless to say, do not have a good reputation here in South Florida.
According to one hobbyist (Angelo52) who lives in South Florida on the East Coast near the city of Fort Lauderdale:
The goose is a very handsome waterfowl. Male and female alike are just gorgeous to look at. From the pink feet and legs of the adults to the top of their heads they just have the “see how pretty I am” look. Beige feathers merge into delightful brown plumage which provides the geese with a soft look. Their eyes are bright yellow and are surrounded by dark brown (chestnut) feathers. This circular patch of brown actually highlights the eyes. When they look at you it’s as though they were saying “I can see you clearly, see my eyes.”
Native to Africa south of the Sahara and the Nile Valley, the Egyptian Geese birds were brought into the Florida Peninsula to be ornamental waterfowl at golf courses and aviaries.
While the Egyptian Geese do not 'hang-out' as plentiful as their Muscovy 'homies', sources throughout central and north Florida say they can still be seen around gulf courses and (especially) around lakes and waterways throughout the State usually in pairs.