Bronze-Winged Duck (Slimbridge September 2013)
The Bronze-Winged duck, also known as the Spectacled duck, is a dabbling duck. It is the only living member of the Speculanas genus with its closest relatives being the Crested Duck or the Brazilian Duck.
The female makes a harsh 'barking' sound which gives rise to a name sometimes used of 'dog-duck'.
The Bronze-Winged Ducks spend a lot of their time on land at Slimbridge and don't often venture on to the water.
| Hear the Bronze-Winged Duck's Call:-|
460mm to 540mm (18" to 21")
Appearance - Male
The Bronze-Winged Duck has a Brown head with a white stripe around its neck. It has a grey bill and a white patch in front of each eye.
The upper parts are mottled Brown and Light Brown and the underparts are a Grey-Brown. The wings are very dark, almost Black, with a 'Bronze' speculum after which it is named.
The legs and feet are a light yellow-Orange colour.
Appearance - Female
The same as the Drake.
Lives amongst forested rivers, lakes, pools, ponds and fast flowing streams of the South America Andes, Argentina and Chile
Aquatic vegetation and seeds, insects and larvae.
September to October.
Quantity: 4 to 6
Colour: Dark Cream.