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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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