African Black Duck

(Anas Sparsa)

Appearance: The African Black Duck has a blackish-brown plumage with white markings on its back, grey beak with black markings, brown eyes, pale underwings, distinctive blue speculum, and yellow legs and feet. Both sexes are alike.

Size: - Typical Adult is about 35cm (14in).

Food: - Aquatic plants, algae, seeds, invertebrates, aquatic insects and larvae.

Habitat/Range: - Wetlands, wooded-areas, fast flowing rivers and streams in South Africa and eastern Africa - Ethiopia, Sudan, and Kenya.

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Breeding Habitat/Resident,    Migration or Winter Area.

Breeding Season: - July to February in South Africa.

Eggs: - 4 to 8 (creamy-white colour).

Notes: - The African Black Duck is a large dabbling duck. It is sometimes called the Black River Duck, West African Black Duck, South African Black Duck, or Ethiopian Black Duck. It is a very shy duck which prefers to stay in fast flowing waters during the day.

Conservation status (IUCN 3.1):
  Least Concern.  

Classification: - Family: Anatidae,
Subfamily: Anatinae, Genus: Anas.

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