Family Ducks, Geese, Swans (Anatidae)


Mauritius Duck (Anas theodori)


French: German: Spanish:

Anas theodori

E. Newton and Gadow

, 1893,

Mare aux Songes, Mauritius


Sometimes placed in subgenus Nettion within the A. gibberifrons species-group. Closest living relative formerly reckoned to be A. melleri, but now thought to be A. bernieri. Monotypic.


Mauritius and Reunion. Known from a number of explorers’ accounts#R, and bones#R.

Estimated year of extinction on Mauritius c. 1700; apparently about a decade later on Reunion#R. Demise seems to have been result of excessive hunting.

Descriptive notes

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Recommended citation

(2020). Mauritius Duck (Anas theodori). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 9 April 2020).