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

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Published: 1989 - Page: 8

The Birds of South Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Published: 1949 - Page: 35

Wild About Johannesburg - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 1995 - Page: 32

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Published: 2011 - Page: 42

Wildlife of the Cape Peninsula - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 2001 - Page: 39

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 1984 - Page: 94

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 2000 - Page: 94

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 2nd edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1957 - Page: 48

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1975 - Page: 61

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1981 - Page: 67

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1985 - Page: 85

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

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 1993 - Page: 76

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

Freshwater Life - Author: C. Griffiths, J. Day & M. Picker - Published: 2015 - Page: 48

Gamebirds and Waterfowl of Southern Africa - Author: CG Finch-Davies, Dr Alan Kemp - Published: 1986 - Page: 53

Ian Sinclairs Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Published: 1988 - Page: 66

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: 12

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Published: 1987 - Page: 33

Birds of the South Western Cape - Author: Joy Frandsen - Published: 0 - Page: 38

Birds of the Transkei - Author: C.D. Quickelberge - Published: 1989 - Page: 36

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

Birds of Southern Africa - Kruger National Park - Author: Kenneth Newman - Published: 1985 - Page: 34

Bird Atlas of Natal - Author: Digby Cyrus and Nigel Robson - Published: 1980 - Page: 57

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1959 - Page: 169

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

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Published: 1983 - Page: 54

A coloured Key to the Wildfowl of the World - Author: Peter Scott - Published: 1957 - Page: 54

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