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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

African Black Duck

Afrikaans name: Swarteend

African Black Ducks

Anas sparsa

The African Black Duck can be found over most of South Africa with the exception of the very dry regions in the west. They tend to live their lives in the same area and do not travel far.

Most of their food comprises of insects and other invertebrates. They do also eat some plants. It has also been recorded catching and eating small fish.

The female builds a nest near water and she normally lays between 4 and 11 eggs.

African Black Ducks are timid birds and will fly if disturbed. They prefer quieter stretches of rivers where they may often be seen in pairs.


References and further reading

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Year Published: 1975 - Page: 169

Birds of the Natal Drakensberg Park - Author: Robin Little and William Bainbridge - Year Published: 1992 - Page: 11

Birds of the South Western Cape - Author: Joy Frandsen - Year Published: - Page: 38

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Year Published: 1999 - Page: 12

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 - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1985 - Page: 85

Roberts' Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Year Published: 1993 - Page: 86

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 78

List of South African Birds

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