French: Sarcelle bariolée German: Silberente Spanish: Cerceta capuchina
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Subspecies and Distribution
S. v. versicolor
(Vieillot, 1816) – S Bolivia to S Brazil, and S to C Argentina.
S. v. fretensis
(P. P. King, 1831) – C Chile and C Argentina S to Tierra del Fuego, also Falkland Is; those breeding in far S winter as far N as S Brazil.
38–43 cm; male 409–473 g, female 373–384 g. Easily identified in range by striking head and bill patterns. Male has blackish-brown cap, separated from pale... read more
Vocalizations of male include a quiet “buzz” which accompanies “Burp-whistle” that sounds like... read more
Shallow freshwater lakes, swamps and pools bordered with abundant floating or emergent vegetation... read more
Food and feeding
Seeds and vegetative parts of aquatic plants, grasses and sedges; also aquatic invertebrates (insects and larvae, molluscs, crustaceans).... read more
Season variable: starts mainly Oct/Nov in S; Sept–Mar in Peru. Male to some extent polygamous, pursuing additional females and... read more
Partially migratory; southernmost breeding birds move northwards to winter as far N as SE Brazil,... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Fairly widespread and locally abundant, with estimated populations of 25,000–100,000 for versicolor and fretensis... read more
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