French: Canard branchu German: Brautente Spanish: Pato joyuyo
Other common names:
North America = Carolina ex Catesby
W, C and E North America; Cuba; C Mexico (Nazas River). In winter reaches NE Mexico and Bahamas.
43–54 cm; male 544–862 g, female 482–862 g; wingspan 68–74 cm. Male unmistakable Male flying and has female-like eclipse plumage. In breeding... read more
Relatively silent: male gives soft, high, rising whistle in contact and burping “pfits” in... read more
Freshwater swamps, marshes, pools, lakes and slow-flowing rivers surrounded by dense deciduous... read more
Food and feeding
Acorns, nuts and seeds and green parts of various aquatic plants. Seeds taken include those of bald cypress, hickories, button bush, arrow... read more
Starts Feb–Apr, exceptionally Jan in Florida, with earliest egg laying 13 Apr in C Wisconsin (mean 1 May), and occasionally double-... read more
Partially migratory, with northernmost portion of breeding birds flying S to winter at lower... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Due to overhunting the world population of this species reached a low in the late 1930s when great concern arose about its future.... read more
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