French: Érismature maccoa German: Afrikaruderente Spanish: Malvasía maccoa
Indian Isles = South Africa
E Africa from Eritrea S to N Tanzania; S Africa from Namibia and Zimbabwe S to Western Cape Province (South Africa).
46–51 cm; male 820 g (one bird), female 516–720 g. Unmistakable in range, where there is no other Oxyura, although birds in female-type plumage might be... read more
Considered to be generally silent, but male gives vibrating, bullfrog-like “prrr...” lasting 2–3... read more
Shallow bodies of fresh and alkaline waters with extensive bordering reedbeds and areas of open... read more
Food and feeding
Seeds of aquatic plants (e.g. Persicaria and Polygonum sp.), plant debris and aquatic invertebrates (insects and... read more
Season variable according to locality and water levels, but usually extended; in Transvaal (South Africa) all months, peak Sept–Dec;... read more
Mainly sedentary, with only small-scale dispersive movements (mainly South African population),... read more
Status and conservation
VULNERABLE. Occurs at fairly low density, with total population estimated at 30,000–55,000 birds in late 1990s, of which 15,000–25,000 were in N & E Africa,... read more
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