- Common Name
- Hartlaub's duck, Hartlaub duck, Hartlaub's goose, Hartlaub's teal
- Genus Species
- Pteronetta (winged duck) hartlaubii (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
- 415–430 g (14.5–15.05 oz.)
- Feeds on grass seeds, small snails
- 30–32 days
- Clutch Size
- 8–11 eggs
- Fledging Duration
- 8 weeks
- Sexual Maturity
- Approximately 1–2 years
- Life Span
- Averages 20–30 years
- West central Africa
- Found in rainforest and wooded savannahs, forest streams, marshes, and pools with heavy vegetation
- Global: Between 10,000–100,000 individuals
- IUCN: Not listed
CITES: Appendix III
USFWS: 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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