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Maccoa Duck

Afrikaans name: Bloubekeend

Maccoa Duck

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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.

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 far more drab.

Maccoa Ducks mainly feed on small invertebrates but they do also eat some plant material.

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 2 and 9 eggs are laid.

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References

List of South African Birds

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

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

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

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

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