April 26, 2015 – African Pygmy Goose (Nettapus auritus)

Requested by: taylorrbranham

Found throughout most of sub-Saharan Africa and Madagascar, these perching ducks eat water lilies, grass seeds, fruits, some insects, and small fish. They nest in tree cavities, often those made by woodpeckers or barbets, holes in cliffs or termite mounds, old Hamerkop nests, or among grasses on the ground. They are one of the smallest species of waterfowl in the world and despite their goose-like bills, are not very closely related to geese.