BLACK-HEADED DUCK
(Heteronetta Atricapilla)
Black-Crowned Crane    Black-Necked Swan


North America Zone - Slimbridge
The Barrow's Goldeneye found in Andean Flamingo Zone SlimbridgeMap (Slimbridge)
South America
Breeding Habitat - South America
North Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay, South East Brazil and North Argentina.
Winter Habitat or Migration Area
May migrate further North during the Winter.

Conservation Status


Size
350mm to 380mm (14" to 15")

Appearance - Drake
The male Black-headed Duck has a black head and neck, dark-brown eyes, bluish-grey bill with Red around the base during breeding season The upperparts wings and tail are Dark-Brown with lighter-brown underparts. The legs and feet are grey.

Appearance - Duck
The female is similar to the male except it has a brown head and neck with a dark-brown crown, whitish chin and stripe running through the eye.

Habitat
Swamps, Lakes and Marshes of temperate South America.

Diet
Aquatic plants, seeds, insects and invertebrates.

Breeding Time
September to December

Nest
The Black Headed duck does not build a nest but lays its eggs in other birds nests.

Eggs
Quantity: 5 to 16.
Colour: White


Slimbridge Wildfowl A - B
African Black Duck (Anas Sparsa)
African Pygmy Goose (Nettapus Auritus)
American Black Duck (Anas Rubripes)
American Flamingo (Phoenicopterus Ruber)
American Wigeon (Anas Americana)
American Wood Duck (Aix Sponsa)
Andean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus Andinus)
Andean Goose (Chloephaga Melanoptera)
Argentinian Ruddy Duck (Oxyura Vittata)
Australian Shelduck (Tadorna Tadornoides)
Australian Shoveler (Anas Rhynchotis)
Australian Wood Duck (Chenonetta Jubata)
Baer's Pochard (Aythya Baeri)
Baikal Teal (Anas Formosa)
Bar-Headed Goose (Anser Indicus)
Barnacle Goose (Branta Leucopsis)
Barrow's Goldeneye (Bucephala Islandica)
Bewick's Swan (Cygnus Columbianus Bewickii)
Black-Bellied Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna Autumnalis)
Black-Necked Swan (Cygnus Melancoryphus)
Black Swan (Cygnus Atratus)
Blue-Winged Goose (Cyanochen Cyanoptera)
Blue-Winged Teal (Anas Discors)
Brazilian Teal (Amazonetta Brasiliensis)
Brent Goose (Branta Bernicla)
Bronze Winged Duck (Speculanas Specularis)
Bufflehead (Bucephala Albeola)
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BLACK-HEADED DUCK
Black-Crowned Crane    Black-Necked Swan
Black-Headed Duck
©Nigel Key Black-Headed Duck (Slimbridge May 2015)

The Black-Headed duck is related to the stiff tail duck, though it lacks the stiff tail and swollen bill and is the only member of the Heteronetta genus from South America.

The Black-Headed duck does not build its own nest but instead lays its eggs in other birds' nests such as the Rosybill, Coot etc and as such is often called the Cuckoo duck.
   Hear the Black-Headed Duck's Call:-



Photographs © Nigel Key, Click thumbnail to enlarge.
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