French: Anserelle naine German: Afrikazwergente Spanish: Gansito africano
Senegal E to Eritrea and Somalia, and S (except SW Africa) to extreme E South Africa; Madagascar.
27–33 cm; 260–290 g. Male unmistakable, with white face, black crown and nape, oval green patch on side of head, pale chestnut lower neck, breast and flanks... read more
Both sexes frequently give high-pitched twittering whistles from young age, while pairs (especially... read more
Swamps, marshes, shallow freshwater lakes (including dams) and slow-flowing rivers with abundant... read more
Food and feeding
Seeds of water lilies (Nymphaea), seeds and green parts of other aquatic plants (e.g. Papsalum urvillei), aquatic... read more
Season variable with locality, but probably triggered by local rains: Jul–Oct in Gambia, Jun–Oct in Ghana, Jul–Aug in... read more
Mainly sedentary, but subject to dispersive movements and much local wandering dictated by habitat... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Fairly widespread and locally common to abundant. Tied to presence of Nymphaea and submerged plants, at least in W Africa... read more
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