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Hartlaub's Duck - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Kwame Brown
Ankasa National park, Ghana, February 2017
Pteronetta hartlaubii


56–58 cm (22-22¾ in)
Dark chestnut overall with a black head and variable white markings to the head (often limited to a small white spot on the forehead near the bill-base).


Locally in forest streams of equatorial western Africa: found in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola, Sudan, South Sudan and Uganda


This is a monotypic species[1].


Remote ponds and marshes in dense tropical evergreen forests and rivers and streams.


Their diet consists mostly of aquatic invertebrates with the addition of roots and seeds.


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  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved June 2017)

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