The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Maccoa Duck

Afrikaans name: Bloubekeend

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Oxyura maccoa

The Maccoa Duck favours permanent bodies of water and can be found over much of South Africa where suitable conditions exist. They prefer areas lined with vegetation which not only provides food but shelter as well.

The male Maccoa Duck is an attractive bird during the breeding season. It has a bluish bill, chocolate coloured head and orangey-brown body. Non-breeding males and females are drabber.

Maccoa Ducks mainly feed on small invertebrates, but they do also eat a wide variety of other foods including plant material, insects and algae.

During the breeding season males establish territories and may mate with as many as 8 females. Females build their nests amongst reeds and other vegetation. Between 4 and 12 eggs are laid with the average clutch being 5 or 6.

References and further reading

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Published: 2011 - Page: 44

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 1993 - Page: 74

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 2011 - Page: 80

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1981 - Page: 76

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1985 - Page: 95

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1993 - Page: 97

Wild About Johannesburg - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 1995 - Page: 34

The Birds of South Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Published: 1949 - Page: 38

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Published: 1989 - Page: 101

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 1984 - Page: 90

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 2000 - Page: 90

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 2nd edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1957 - Page: 53

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1975 - Page: 68

Freshwater Life - Author: C. Griffiths, J. Day & M. Picker - Published: 2015 - Page: 46

Ian Sinclairs Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Published: 1988 - Page: 68

Gamebirds and Waterfowl of Southern Africa - Author: CG Finch-Davies, Dr Alan Kemp - Published: 1986 - Page: 79

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Published: 1991 - Page: 44

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Published: 1999 - Page: 11

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1975 - Page: 170

Bird Atlas of Natal - Author: Digby Cyrus and Nigel Robson - Published: 1980 - Page: 61

Birds of the South Western Cape - Author: Joy Frandsen - Published: 0 - Page: 44

Birds of the Transkei - Author: C.D. Quickelberge - Published: 1989 - Page: 38

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Published: 1987 - Page: 40

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Published: 1983 - Page: 56

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1959 - Page: 170

A coloured Key to the Wildfowl of the World - Author: Peter Scott - Published: 1957 - Page: 78

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