French: Nette brune German: Rotaugenente Spanish: Pato morado
Other common names:
African Pochard, South African Pochard (brunnea),
South American Pochard (erythrophthalma)
Lagoa do Braço, Villa de Belmonte, east Brazil
Subspecies and Distribution
N. e. brunnea
(Eyton, 1838) – Eritrea S to Western Cape Province (South Africa).
N. e. erythrophthalma
(Wied, 1833) – fragmented distribution in W South America from Venezuela S to NW Argentina; E Brazil S to São Paulo State.
48–51 cm; male 592–1010 g, female 484–1018 g. Broad white wing band, conspicuous in flight. Male has slight peak to rear of crown; has no eclipse plumage,... read more
Most data pertain to African race brunnea: male vocalizations include a soft, almost... read more
Large bodies of rather deep, permanent or temporary, standing waters (including sewage ponds) from... read more
Food and feeding
Chiefly seeds but also roots and vegetative parts of aquatic plants (including water lilies, bladderwort, duckweeds, bulrushes, rice),... read more
Season variable according to locality and water levels, but mainly towards end of local wet season across Africa (brunnea), e.g.... read more
Mainly sedentary, but subject to some dispersive movements during local dry season. This... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). In South America, nominate subspecies generally scattered and local, and apparently vanishing after dramatic decline for unclear... read more
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