Male, subspecies alticola
Photo © by bievreJJ
Pujsa Salt Flat, Atacama, Chile
, October 2012
- Lophonetta specularioides
51â61 cm (20-24 in)
- Short crest produces a specific head shape when seen from the side
- Pale brown
- Flanks have marbled appearance
- Red iris in nominate, orange to yellow in alticola
- Bill dark gray
- Grey legs
- Wings with white speculum, in front of that a black stripe, and in front of that a violet band
Sexes similar but females are darker than the male.
South America: found in Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina and the Falkland Islands.
Lophonetta specularioides has two subspecies:1
Ducklings, subspecies alticola
Photo © by Stanley Jones
Yungay, HuascarÃ¡n National Park, Ãncash, Peru
, August 2017
Mostly freshwater, lakes and ponds; in the south at sea level but in northern populations in Andean highland wetlands and lakes. Altitudinal migrant in some areas.
Their main diet consists of insects and their larvae, and molluscs. They also eat some plants and algae.
They build their nest in shrubs near to water. The clutch contains 5-7 eggs.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Alvaro Jaramillo. 2003. Birds of Chile. Princeton Field Guides. ISBN 0-691-11740-3
- Arthur Grosset
- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Sept 2017)
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