- Common Name
- African black duck, west African black duck, Ethiopian black duck, South African black duck, black duck, black river duck
- Genus Species
- Anas (duck) sparsa
- Overall, this duck is black in color with white markings on the back region.
- Approximately 35 cm (14 in.)
- 316 to 502 g (11 to 18 oz.)
- Primarily feeds on aquatic vegetation, but diet may also include small, aquatic animals
- 25 to 26 days
- Clutch Size
- 7 to 8 eggs
- Fledging Duration
- 6 weeks
- Sexual Maturity
- 1 to 2 years
- Life Span
- Averages 20 to 30 years
- East and South Africa
- Found in or near flowing, well-wooded highland streams
- Global: Unknown
- IUCN: Not listed
CITES: Not listed
USFWS: Not listed
Males are called drakes, females are hens, and young are ducklings.
African black ducks commonly feed in swift-running streams. They forage by either standing on top of partially submerged rocks and jabbing under the rocks with their bills or by diving in rapids or at the base of waterfalls.
Ecology and Conservation
These birds are a food source for predators and also help maintain plant growth.
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Photo Credit: African_Black_Duck_RWD14.jpg. Source: Wikimedia Commons. Image by: Dick Daniels, carolinabirds.org. Year Created: 21 March 2014. Website: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:African_Black_Duck_RWD14.jpg. License: CC by SA 3.0.