French: Sarcelle hottentote German: Hottentottenente Spanish: Cerceta hotentote
western coast of South Africa, near Orange River, Cape Province
N Nigeria and S Niger E to L Chad area; Ethiopia S to Namibia and Western Cape Province (South Africa); Madagascar.
30–36 cm; one male 288 g, female 216–282 g; wingspan 58–69 cm. Small, often rather inconspicuous duck that is smaller and darker than Anas... read more
Clicking notes given by both sexes, e.g. a harsh “ke-ke-ke”, repeated up to 5–7 times at reducing... read more
Swamps, marshes, small lakes and pools of shallow fresh waters with abundant floating and emergent... read more
Food and feeding
Aquatic invertebrates (crustaceans, molluscs, insects and larvae, especially Coleoptera and Diptera), seeds, fruits, roots and vegetative... read more
Season variable, mainly according to water levels: all months in South Africa (peaking Jan–Apr, wet season), Apr–May and Aug (... read more
Mostly sedentary, but subject to seasonal movements of dispersal related with availability of... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Fairly widespread, though rather inconspicuous. In early 2000s, overall estimates of 25,000–100,000 birds in E & S Africa,... read more
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