French: Canard à bec jaune German: Gelbschnabelente Spanish: Ánade picolimón
Other common names:
African Yellow-billed Duck
C. F. Dubois
Cape of Good Hope, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
A. u. ruppelli
Blyth, 1855 – South Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Uganda (no recent records#R) and N Kenya.
A. u. undulata
C. F. Dubois, 1839 – Kenya SW to Angola and N Botswana and S to Western Cape Province (South Africa).
51–63 cm; male 533–1310 g, female 600–1123 g. Slightly bulbous-looking head and long, slender neck darker than body, while pale fringes to grey feathers... read more
Typical A. platyrhynchos-like vocalizations, but “raeb” call of male is more whistle-like... read more
Freshwater lakes, reservoirs with marginal vegetation, flooded fields, swamps and marshes, slow-... read more
Food and feeding
Seeds, roots, leaves and stems of both aquatic (Potamogeton) and terrestrial plants; also animal matter, mainly insects and their... read more
Season variable, generally coincides with beginning of rains; Jul–Sept in Ethiopia, Jan, Apr–Jul in Kenya, Jun–Jul in... read more
Mostly sedentary, with generally only small-scale, dispersive movements on record, mainly between... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common and widespread; most abundant duck in many parts of its range, especially in temperate regions, and capable of colonizing new... read more
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