Maccoa Duck

Oxyura maccoa

A Maccoa Duck
probably a male in eclipse plumage, but it could be a hen
Photo courtesy of Clyde Robinson & Avian Empire

This is the only member of the Stiff-tail group found in tropical Africa. Its closest relative is probably the White-headed Duck.

Occurs on shallow lakes and marches with heavy vegetation, both emergent and fringe. They are nonmigratory and live mostly in pairs or family parties.



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