French: Canard noirâtre German: Schwarzente Spanish: Ánade negro
Other common names:
West African Black Duck, Ethiopian Black Duck (leucostigma),
South African Black Duck (sparsa)
Subspecies and Distribution
A. s. leucostigma
Rüppell, 1845 – isolated populations in W equatorial Africa, and SE Nigeria, Cameroon and Gabon; E Africa from S Sudan and Ethiopia S to Zimbabwe.
A. s. sparsa
Eyton, 1838 – Namibia, E Botswana and Zimbabwe S through South Africa.
48–58 cm; 914–1086 g. Massive, heavy looking, with slightly longer tail but shorter neck than A. undulata, which is also much paler, especially over... read more
Male gives quiet, wheezy, whistling “weep” usually in regular series, either in contact when... read more
Generally in secluded, shallow fast-flowing rivers and streams in mountainous and wooded habitat.... read more
Food and feeding
Weeds and aquatic vegetation, insect larvae and pupae, and small fish. Forages mostly by dabbling, head dipping and upending in shallow... read more
Season variable with locality: in SW Cape of South Africa, Jul–Dec, with peak in Sept; in Zambia and Zimbabwe, Jan–Aug, with... read more
Mainly sedentary throughout range, with only local movements recorded, e.g. to more lowland areas... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). From fairly common to scarce, but in general considered widespread and nowhere numerous. W African population apparently small,... read more
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