©Nigel Key African Black Duck (Slimbridge March 2014)
The African Black Duck is a dabbling duck of the genus Anas and is genetically closest to the Mallard but with different behavior and plumage. It has been placed in the subgenus 'Melananas' pending further research.
The African Black Duck is also known as the Black River Duck, the West African Black Duck or the Ethiopian Black Duck.
The African Black is a very shy and territorial duck. It is usually seen in pairs or small flocks. It breeds throughout the year in different areas with only the mother takes care of the young.
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Appearance - Male
The African Black Duck has a Blackish-Brown plumage with White markings on its back, Grey bill with Black markings, Brown eyes, pale underwings, distinctive Blue speculum, and Yellow legs and feet.
Appearance - Female
The same as the Drake.
Though it likes to stay in Rivers and Streams during the day it prefers large Open Waters during the night.
It feeds on Larvae and Pupae, Aquatic Animals, Plant Material, Seeds, Small Fish, Snails and Crabs.
July to February
The African Black Duck makes its cup shaped nest out of driftwood and matted grass near running water.
Quantity: 4 to 8