Crested Ducks

Crested Ducks (Lophonetta specularioides)

The Crested Ducks (Lophonetta specularioides) are native to South America, where they are usually found in shallow coastal regions.

Three Crested Ducks Standing near the lake
Three Crested Ducks Standing near the lake

There are two subspecies:

  • Southern Crested Duck or Patagonia Crested Duck (Lophonetta specularioides specularioides) – Nominate Form. Range: Falklands, Chile, and Argentina.
  • Andean Crested Duck (Lophonetta specularioides alticola) and

Diet / Feeding

The Crested Ducks feed on invertebrates and algae..

White and Black Wild Crested Ducks Walking Near the River
White and Black Wild Crested Duck Walking Near the River

Breeding / Nesting

They nest in tall grass near water. The average clutch consists of 5 to 7 eggs.


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