Nature recycles: Egyptian Goose breeding in old Secretarybird nest
Dawid H de Swardt
The Egyptian Goose Alopochen aegyptiaca mostly nests on the ground, not far from water, but also in trees such as on top (or inside) old Hamerkop Scopus umbretta nests, on top of Sociable Weaver Philetairus socius nest masses and also on old nests of crows, herons or cormorants (Tarboton 2011). They also use old raptor nests such as those of Black-winged Kites Elanus caeruleus Long-crested Eagles Lophaetus occipitalis, African Fish Eagles Haliaeetus vocifer and Black Sparrowhawk Accipiter melanoleucus (Davies and Allan 2005).
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