French: Dendrocygne à dos blanc German: Weißrücken-Pfeifgans Spanish: Pato dorsiblanco
Cape of Good Hope, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
T. l. leuconotus
Eyton, 1838 – locally from Senegal E to Chad; Ethiopia to South Africa.
T. l. insularis
Richmond, 1897 – Madagascar.
38–43 cm; male 650–790 g, female 625–765 g. Black rump and uppertail-coverts with narrow white barring; mid back black. Sexes alike. Juvenile darker with... read more
Considered to be usually silent, although both sexes give whistled calls, e.g. “whit-wee” or “si-... read more
Favours a variety of quiet freshwater lakes, pools, lagoons, marshes and swamps, even suburban dams... read more
Food and feeding
Eminently vegetarian, principally seeds and leaves of aquatic plants, especially water lilies (Nymphaea) and floating hearts (... read more
Season variable according to locality, generally coincides with period of higher and more stable water levels: Dec in Senegal, Sept in... read more
Mostly sedentary, with some local or semi-nomadic movements largely related to availability of... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Still locally common, but has declined in parts of range (e.g. Uganda) due to agricultural development and locally (in Malawi) the... read more
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