French: Ptéronette de Hartlaub German: Hartlaubente Spanish: Pato de Hartlaub
Camma River, Gabon
Equatorial W Africa from Guinea to Ghana and from Nigeria E to South Sudan and S to W Uganda, S DRCongo and N Angola.
56–58 cm; male 925–1140 g, female 770–805 g. Blue wing patch is diagnostic in flight, making species unlikely to be confused with any other widfowl. Male... read more
Vocalizations include quacking “ko-ko-ko-ko” or “kakakakarr” in flight, conversational “whit-whit-... read more
Secluded marshes and pools in dense, swampy tropical evergreen forest and small rivers and streams... read more
Food and feeding
Mostly aquatic invertebrates (insects, arachnids, molluscs, crustaceans) and some vegetable matter (seeds, roots). Reported to be mainly a... read more
No nests ever found in wild, but breeding thought to occur during rainy season with pairs probably territorial year-round; evidence of... read more
Mainly sedentary throughout range, with only local movements recorded, e.g. in SE Liberia becomes... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Formerly considered Near Threatened. Population E of Dahomey Gap, which is more widespread and presumably larger, estimated at 10,000... read more
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