French: Sarcelle de Bernier German: Bernierente Spanish: Cerceta malgache
Other common names:
“J. Verr.” Hartlaub
W coastal Madagascar.
40 cm; male 320–450 g, female 270–420 g. Small, relatively long-necked, uniform brown teal with spotted appearance, distinctive black speculum with broad... read more
Often quiet, but can be rather vocal. Male gives short, quiet, multisyllabic whistles, 3–10 notes... read more
Known only from small, saline lakes of shallow waters with emergent reedbeds and adjacent wetlands... read more
Food and feeding
Diet unknown until recently; analysis of faeces revealed that species forages mainly on aquatic and terrestrial insects (Hymenoptera,... read more
Starts Sept (with copulation observed Jul), but clutch found in Apr suggests might be double-brooded; main season is, however, during W... read more
Not recorded outside regular range, but speculated to be semi-nomadic or short-distance migrant... read more
Status and conservation
ENDANGERED. CITES II. Poorly known, but seems never to have been numerous (species was virtually unknown until 1970s, despite being apparently being widespread across entire... read more
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