May 22, 2017 – Hartlaub’s Duck (Pteronetta hartlaubii)

These ducks are found in forested areas in parts of central and western Africa. They eat mostly aquatic invertebrates, along with some plant foods, such as seeds and roots. While they spend most of their time in pairs or small groups, they join flocks of over thirty and congregate on open water while molting. Though little is known of their breeding habits and no nests have been found in the wild, they are thought to breed in the rainy season and may build their nests in tree hollows or on the ground in dense vegetation. They are classified as a species of Least Concern by the IUCN, but face threats from habitat loss and degradation, along with hunting.


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