French: Hétéronette à tête noire German: Kuckucksente Spanish: Pato rinconero
Buenos Aires, Argentina
C Chile E to Paraguay, SE Brazil and Uruguay, S in Argentina to Buenos Aires and La Pampa Provinces.
35–43 cm; male 434–680 g, female 470–720 g. Dabbling duck-like jizz, but identifiable by virtue of elongated body, short tail, small head on short thick... read more
Generally rather silent; in courtship, males give three faint croaks followed by low piping notes,... read more
Swamps, lakes, pools and marshes of permanent fresh waters with abundant emergent vegetation in... read more
Food and feeding
Diet formed mainly by seeds and vegetative parts of aquatic plants (e.g. bulrushes); also aquatic invertebrates (especially molluscs),... read more
In S Brazil, eggs and ducklings found Oct–Dec; in Argentina, adults paired Sept–Dec and eggs recorded until Jan; promiscuity... read more
Partially migratory and perhaps somewhat nomadic in response to droughts; southernmost breeding... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Apparently still fairly common but very sensitive to loss of permanent marshes through drainage or pollution; population estimated at... read more
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