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Photo by madagascanbirder
Bemanevika, Madagascar, November 2017
Aythya innotata


45–56 cm (17¾-22 in)
Breeding male

  • Dark brown upperparts
  • White underparts


Lake Alaotra (Madagascar).

On verge of extinction.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Fresh water lakes, pools and swamps, with areas of open water.



There is little available information. Their diet appears to consists mostly of small insects and probably some seeds.


They make a nest in reeds laying 2 eggs. Again, little information is available.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Feb 2018)

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