French: Canard de Salvadori German: Salvadoriente Spanish: Ánade papúa
Rothschild and E. J. O. Hartert
Mountain streams and lakes of New Guinea; despite its specific name and stated type locality, not known to occur on Waigeo I (off NW New Guinea).
38–43 cm; 420–525 g. Elongated shape; often raises pointed tail, especially in alarm, and swims with curious jerky motion of head. No other duck recorded in New... read more
Considered to be generally quiet, with male giving whistle in courtship and female a bisyllabic... read more
Mountain torrents, brooks and streams (including those with sluggish, muddy waters) and small... read more
Food and feeding
Aquatic invertebrates (mostly insect larvae) and possibly tadpoles and small fish. Invertebrates recorded in diet include caddis-fly larvae... read more
Very extended season, perhaps mainly during dry season when river levels are lower permitting nesting on ephemeral islands, with eggs laid... read more
Mainly sedentary; not usually observed outside normal range. However, in 2005 and Nov 2008, birds... read more
Status and conservation
VULNERABLE. Restricted range and very specific habitat. Population has been variously estimated at 2500–20,000 birds, with BirdLife International currently... read more
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