The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Yellow-billed Duck

Afrikaans name: Geelbekeend

Yellow-billed Duck

Yellow-billed Duck

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Anas undulata

What you have here is a common and unmistakable species. They are very common in South Africa but less common north of the border.

Male and female have the same colouration. Both have the bright yellow bill.

They grow to a length of over 50 cm.

The Yellow-billed Duck mainly eats water weeds but they do take some insects as well. It may feed both in the day and at night.

They make a nest on the ground amongst dense vegetation. They can lay as many as 10 to 12 eggs.

References and further reading

Wild About Johannesburg - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 1995 - Page: 33

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

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

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

Southern African Wildlife - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1989 - Page: 134

The Sandton Field Guide - Author: Sandton Nature Conservation Society - Published: 1982 - Page: 44

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

The Birds of South Africa - Author: Hazel Stokes - Published: 1979 - Page: 6

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: 85

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1985 - Page: 84

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1981 - Page: 68

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1975 - Page: 62

Questions and Answers - Birds of Southern Africa - Author: Deirdre Richards - Published: 1990 - Page: 5

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

Gamebirds and Waterfowl of Southern Africa - Author: CG Finch-Davies, Dr Alan Kemp - Published: 1986 - Page: 51

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

Meeting with Birds - Author: Tom Spence - Published: 1986 - Page: 36

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

Field Guide to the Cradle of Humankind - Author: B. Hilton-Barber & Prof. L. R. Berger - Published: 2004 - Page: 178

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

Everyones Guide to South African Birds - Author: John Sinclair and John Mendelsohn - Published: 1987 - Page: 45

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Published: 1991 - Page: 42

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 Transkei - Author: C.D. Quickelberge - Published: 1989 - Page: 37

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

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

Birds of the Natal Drakensberg Park - Author: Robin Little and William Bainbridge - Published: 1992 - Page: 10

Birds of the South Western Cape - Author: Joy Frandsen - Published: 0 - Page: 39

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1975 - Page: 168

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1959 - Page: 168

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Published: 1983 - Page: 53

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

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