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Hartlaub's duck, Hartlaub duck, Hartlaub's goose, Hartlaub's teal
(after German ornithologist Hartlaub)
This is a large duck with a black bill, reddish brown eyes and dark yellow-brown legs. The head and upper neck are black with variable white on forehead. The neck, breast, and belly are a rich chestnut brown and the tail, rump, and upper wing an olive-brown.
Approximately 56-58 cm (22-23 in) long
Approximately 800-940 g (2 lb)
Feeds on grass seeds, small snails
Approximately 1-2 years
Averages 20-30 years
West central Africa
Found in rainforest and wooded savannahs, forest streams, marshes, and pools with heavy vegetation
Between 10,000-100,000 individuals
Lower risk/near threatened
These birds are not well studied; in fact, as of the late 1990s no wild nests had ever been found.
As with other ducks, males are called drakes, females are hens, and young are ducklings.
ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION
This species is completely dependent on well-forested areas. Accordingly, loss of forest habitat is the main threat to these ducks.
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