LAYSAN DUCK
(Anas Laysanensis)
James's Flamingo            Lesser flamingo

North America Zone - Slimbridge
The Laysan Duck is found in the North American Zone, SlimbridgeMap (WWT Slimbridge)
Laysan Island
Breeding Habitat - Laysan Island
Hawaii, mainly Laysan Island.
Winter Habitat or Migration Area
Non-Migratory.

Conservation Status


Size
410mm (16")

Appearance - Male
The male has Brown plumage with dark markings, a dark head and neck with Green iridescence and a White patch around the eye. The bill is Dark Green with variable blotching, the speculum is Purple/Green and the legs and feet are Orange.

Appearance - Female
Similar to the male.

Habitat
Shallow Lakes, Lagoons and the shore of the Hawaiian Islands, mainly Laysan Island.

Diet
Aquatic Plants and Insects, Seeds, Algae and small Crustaceans.

Breeding Time
April to August.

Nest
The nest is built on the ground in a well concealed location.

Eggs
Quantity: 4 to 6.
Colour: Pale Green.

Slimbridge Wildfowl G - L
Gadwall (Anas Strepera)
Garganey (Anas Querquedula)
Goldeneye (Bucephala Clangula)
Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus Roseus)
Greater Scaup (Aythya Marila)
Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser Albifrons)
Grey-crowned Crane (Balearica Regulorum)
Greylag Goose (Anser Anser)
Hardhead (Aythya Australis)
Hawaiian Goose (Nene) (Branta Sandvicensis)
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes Cucullatus)
James's Flamingo (Phoenicoparrus Jamesi)
Laysan Duck (Anas Laysanensis)
Lesser Flamingo (Phoenicopterus Minor)
Lesser Scaup (Aythya Affinis)
Lesser White-Fronted Goose (Anser Erythropus)
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LAYSAN DUCK
James's Flamingo            Lesser flamingo
Laysan Duck
©Nigel Key Laysan Duck (Slimbridge May 2012)

The Laysan Duck, also known as the Laysan Teal, is a dabbling duck endemic to the Hawaii Islands. It is related to the Mallard and was named after Laysan Island by Lionel Rothschild in 1982.

By the 1920ís the Laysan Duck population had declined dramatically due to hunting and habitat loss because of the introduction of domestic rabbits. The rabbits were removed from Laysan Island and since then the population has grown and remained stable at around 500 ducks.

They remain Critically Endangered but are carefully monitored and Laysan Island is part of the Hawaiian Islands National Wildlife Refuge, with human access to the island strictly prohibited.
   Hear the Laysan Duck's Call:-





Photographs ©Nigel Key, Click thumbnail to enlarge.
Laysan Duck (Slimbridge May 2013) Laysan Duck (Slimbridge July 2013) Laysan Duck (Slimbridge July 2013)
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Laysan Duck (Slimbridge April 2013) Laysan Duck (Slimbridge April 2013) Laysan Duck (Slimbridge May 2013)
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Laysan Duck (Slimbridge April 2013) Laysan Duck (Slimbridge April 2013) Laysan Duck (Slimbridge April 2013)
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Laysan Duck (Slimbridge May 2012) Laysan Duck (Slimbridge May 2012) Laysan Duck (Slimbridge September 2012)
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Laysan Duck (Slimbridge August 2010) Laysan Duck (Slimbridge March 2011) Laysan Duck (Slimbridge June 2011)
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Related Links: -
W.W.T. Official Website - www.wwt.org.uk/
Mallard - www.slim-bridge.co.uk