Patagonian Crested Duck (Slimbridge March 2011)
The Patagonian Crested Duck is native to southern South America, found in Chile, Argentina and the Falkland Islands.
The Patagonian Crested Duck is non migratory though in winter it shelters during the colder months.
The Patagonian Crested Duck is not endagered and there are thought to be be 10,000 breeding pairs in the Falkland Islands.
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500mm to 600mm (19" to 23")
Appearance - Male
The male has a Black bill, Grey chin, neck and face with mottled Brown and Grey body plumage. The eyes are Red, the crown and the feathers around the eyes are dark Brown and the tail feathers are are also dark. The legs and feet are dark Grey.
Appearance - Female
Similar to the male.
Marshland, Swamps, Lakes and Pools.
Aquatic Plants, Insects, Larvae, Crustaceans and Molluscs.
January to March and October to December in southern areas.
The nest is built on the ground from vegetation lined with breast feathers in tall grass or shrubbery usually near to water.
Quantity: 5 to 8
Size: 63mm x 43mm