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Crested Duck, Lophonetta specularioides

The Crested Duck (Lophonetta specularioides) is a species of duck native to South America. It is the only species in its genus Lophonetta. It is often included in the Anas genus of birds, but it actually belongs to a South American group that diverged early in dabbling duck evolution.

There are two subspecies: the Andean Crested Duck (L. specularioides alticola) and the Patagonian Crested Duck (L. specularioides specularioides). The Patagonian Crested Duck, often called the Southern Crested Duck, is found in the Falklands, Chile and Argentina.

The diet of the Crested Duck consists of invertebrates and algae. Its habitat is shallow coastal regions. It nests in tall grass near water. The female lays 5 to 7 eggs.

Image Caption: Patagonian Crested duck (Lophonetta specularioides) in Tropical World at Roundhay Park, Leeds. Credit: William Warby/Wikipedia (CC Attribution 2.0)

Crested Duck Lophonetta specularioides