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The sexes of this species are identical in plumage but the males average slightly larger with a thicker neck and different call.
There is a fair amount of variation in plumage tone, with some birds greyer and others browner, but this is not sex- or age-related.
Legs are pink.
A large part of the wings of mature birds is white but this is hidden by the wing coverts. When it is aroused, either in alarm or aggression, the white begins to show.
In flight or when the wings are fully spread in aggression, the white is conspicuous.
The male has a hoarse, subdued duck-like quack which seldom sounds unless it is aroused. The male Egyptian Goose attracts its mate with an elaborate, noisy courtship display that includes honking, neck stretching and feather displays.
The female has a far noisier raucous quack that frequently sounds in aggression and almost incessantly at the slightest disturbance when tending her young.
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