French: Canard à bec rouge German: Rotschnabelente Spanish: Ánade piquirrojo
Other common names:
J. F. Gmelin
Cape of Good Hope, South Africa
SE Sudan and Ethiopia SW to Angola and S to Western Cape Province (South Africa); Madagascar.
43–48 cm; male 345–954 g, female 338–955 g. Might be confused Spatula hottentota, which has buff cheeks and blue bill, while on Madagascar could... read more
Considered to be generally quiet, except during courtship, with male giving soft, whistle-like “... read more
Various types of wetland, preferably with shallow, still, fresh water and abundant floating and... read more
Food and feeding
Seeds, fruits, grain, roots and vegetative parts of aquatic plants, grasses and sedges; also aquatic invertebrates, chiefly molluscs, but... read more
Season variable, generally during rains: Jun–Nov (especially Oct–Nov during rains) in SW Cape, Nov–May (peak Apr) in... read more
Mostly sedentary, but somewhat dispersive outside breeding season, with > 5% of ringing... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common to abundant; population appears stable, with estimates from late 1990s of 500,000–1,000,000 birds in S Africa, 100,000... read more
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