Maccoa Duck, Oxyura maccoa

The Maccoa Duck, (Oxyura maccoa), is a species of duck found in two main breeding areas: one in eastern Africa from Sudan and Ethiopia to Tanzania and west to eastern Zaire; and a second in southern Africa from Zimbabwe to Cape Province, South Africa. The breeding habitat is shallow fresh water. The winter habitat is brackish and saline lakes.

This is a small species of stiff-tailed duck, 19 to 20 inches long. The adult male has a chestnut body, a blue bill and a black head. The adult female has a gray-brown body, with a dark gray bill and a dark brown crown, nape and cheek stripe.

This rare species is listed as Near Threatened on the 2007 IUCN Red List of endangered species. It was uplisted from Least Concern as evidence showed that it was rarer than previously believed.

Image Caption: Maccoa Duck, San Diego Zoo. Credit: Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 2.0)