French: Érismature routoutou German: Maskenruderente Spanish: Malvasía enmascarada
South America = Santo Domingo ex Brisson
From extreme S USA (S Texas), Mexico and West Indies S to NW Peru and, E of Andes, to NE Argentina.
30–36 cm; male 359–449 g, female 275–445 g. Most distinctive and smallest member of the Oxyurinae and is more dependent on enclosed waterbodies with very... read more
In display, male makes distinctive “kirri-kirroo-kirri-kirroo kirroo kirroo kirroo” and dull-... read more
Freshwater lakes, pools, swamps, marshes and slow-flowing rivers with abundant emergent and... read more
Food and feeding
Chiefly seeds, roots, tubers and vegetative parts of grasses, sedges and aquatic plants, apparently mainly smartweeds and wild millet, at... read more
Starts Nov/Dec in some regions, especially in S of range, but breeding probably occurs year-round throughout distribution, with peak in Jun... read more
Mostly sedentary, but subject to some wide-ranging dispersive or nomadic movements when it may... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Widespread and rather uncommon, with overall numbers estimated at 25,000–100,000 individuals in late 1990s but no information... read more
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