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Patagonian Crested Duck Lophonetta Specularioides Specularioides

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Patagonian Crested Duck

Appearance: - The Patagonian Crested Duck has a greyish face, dark-brown crown, grey crest, red eyes, black beak, pale neck, a mottled brown and grey body, dark tail, and dark grey or black legs and feet. Both sexes are alike.

Size: - Typical Adult is 50-60cm (19-23in).

Food: - Aquatic invertebrates, insects, larvae, crustaceans, molluscs and some aquatic plants.

Habitat/Range: - Marshlands, lakes, swamps, pools, and sheltered bays by the coast. The Patagonian Crested Duck is a non-migratory duck that is found in South America - Chile, Argentina, and the Falkland Islands. The Andean Crested Duck is found in the Andes of South America - Peru, Bolivia to central Chile and northern Argentina.

Patagonian Crested Duck Map
Breeding Habitat/Resident,    Migration or Winter Area.

Breeding Season: - January to March in Andes, October to December further south.

Eggs: - 5 to 8 (cream colour).

Notes: - The Patagonian Crested Duck is sometimes called the Southern Crested Duck or Grey Duck in the Falkland Islands. The Patagonian Crested Duck (Lophonetta specularioides specularioides) along with the rarer Andean Crested Duck (Lophonetta specularioides alticola) are considered sub-species of the Crested Duck. The Patagonian Crested Duck is not endangered and there are thought to be 10,000 breeding pairs in the Falkland Islands alone.

Classification: - Family: Anatidae,
Genus: Lophonetta.

Patagonian Crested Duck video:

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Patagonian Crested Duck
Patagonian Crested Duck (Lophonetta Specularioides Specularioides)