Family: Anas sparsa
Common Name: African Black Duck.
Description: Black body with white spots on back, bill blackish and feet and legs yellow.
Distribution: Southern Africa, and as far north up to Nigeria and Sudan.
Difference in Sex: Male larger than female.
Average Weight of Adult female: 900 grams.
Habitat: Shallow rivers with stony bottoms and wooden banks.
Habits: Highly territorial year round, occur in pairs and less often more than four.
Main feeding time: Feed by day.
Breeding: March to January.
Number of young at birth: 4 to 8 eggs.
Communication: Female have a loud 'qwaack' sound
Diet: Chironomid larvae mostly but also other aquatic insects, grain, fruit, seeds, acorns, small fish and crabs.
Enemies: Large birds of prey, predator cats and humans.
Credits: Christian Fourie.