French: Tadorne à tête grise German: Graukopfkasarka Spanish: Tarro sudafricano
J. F. Gmelin
Cape of Good Hope, South Africa
S Africa from C Namibia and SE Botswana S to Cape of Good Hope.
61–66 cm; male 910–2200 g, female 700–1835 g. Very similar to T. ferruginea but with greyer head. Upperwing characteristic in flight with white on... read more
Adults give loud nasal honk both at rest and, especially, in flight, which is usually lower pitched... read more
Favours shallow freshwater and brackish wetlands in open country (latter perhaps especially in non-... read more
Food and feeding
Essentially vegetarian during dry season, mainly grain and algae, e.g. Spirogyra, Apus numidus and Lagarosiphon... read more
Starts Jun/Jul (dry season), with courtship in E Cape Province lasting Feb–May, with egg-laying Jul–Oct (midwinter, when... read more
Basically sedentary, but seasonal movements related to moulting and to water availability performed... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common, with estimated total population of c. 42,000 in 1981, with c. 30,000 of these at 16 moulting localities in Free State; at... read more
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