Join for FREE
It only takes a minute!
Length 30â€“36 cm (12-14 in), mass 186-305 g.
Sexes similar, but the female has paler underparts and lacks green speculum. Juvenile is duller than adult.
 Similar Species
Red-billed Duck is similar but much larger and has a red (not blue) bill and lacks the dark smudge on its cheeks.
Well-vegetated ponds and lakes, freshwater marshes, inland waters and flood plains.
Aquatic invertebrates (crustaceans, molluscs, insects and larvae, especially Coleoptera and Diptera), seeds, fruits, roots and vegetation.
Season variable, mainly according to water levels: all months in South Africa (peaking Janâ€“Apr, wet season), Aprâ€“May and Aug. A nest is built in over water in a dense clump of emergent vegetation (usually bulrushes, reeds or sedges); 6-8 cream eggs are laid and incubated for 25-27 days by the female.
Male in courtship gives soft quacks. Clicking notes given by both sexes, e.g. a harsh â€śke-ke-keâ€ť, repeated up to 5â€“7 times with reduced intensity.
Mostly sedentary, but subject to seasonal movements of dispersal related with availability of water.
 External Links