White-backed Duck

These birds are well adapted for diving. On occasions they have been observed to stay under water for up to half a minute. They search especially for the bulbs of waterlilies. From danger, they also escape preferentially by diving; hence, the namesake white back is hardly visible in life.

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The White-backed Duck is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

The White-backed Duck (Thalassornis leuconotus) is a waterbird of the family Anatidae. It is distinct from all other ducks, but most closely related to the whistling ducks in the subfamily Dendrocygninae, though also showing some similarities to the stiff-tailed ducks in the subfamily Oxyurinae. It is the only member of the genus Thalassornis. These birds are well adapted for diving. On occasions they have been observed to stay under water for up to half a minute. More

The White-backed Duck is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies. Copyright: Wikipedia. This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from Wikipedia.org - Diet / Feeding: White-backed Ducks are excellent divers. They have been observed to stay under water for up to half a minute. Their favored foods are the bulbs of waterlilies. More

Distribution of White-backed duck in southern Africa, based on statistical smoothing of the records from first SA Bird Atlas Project (© Animal Demography unit, University of Cape Town; smoothing by Birgit Erni and Francesca Little). Colours range from dark blue (most common) through to yellow (least common). See here for the latest distribution from the SABAP2. More

The White-backed Duck (Thalassornis leuconotus) in the Birds. Damisela. More

White-backed Ducks live in southern Africa, especially between Senegal and Chad in the west and Ethiopia and South Africa in the east. Their habitat consists of lakes, ponds, swamps and marshes where they are well camouflaged against predators. The White-backed Duck (Thalassornis leuconotus) is a waterbird of the family Anatidae. More

The White-backed Duck (Thalassornis leuconotus) is a small African duck typically found in fresh water and usually in floating vegetation. The white back is only visible in flight. The White-backed Duck here was on a private reserve near Malelane, Mpumalanga Province, South Africa, in January, 2006. These two shots were taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark II and an EF 500mm F/4 L IS lens and 2X extender. More

the White-backed Duck (Thalassornis leuconotus). We also include other references for the benefit of those interested in further reading. Clements, James F. 2000. Birds of the World: A Checklist: Fifth Edition Ibis Publishing Company. Vista, California. 867 pgs. (ISBN: 0-934797-16-1) Howard, Richard and Alick Moore. 1991. A complete checklist of the Birds of the World. Second Edition Academic Press. San Diego, California. 622 pgs. More

The White-backed Duck, also called the African White-backed Duck, is from sub-Saharan Africa. Pink-necked or Striped might be a more appropriate name since their white backs are rarely seen. They have a call reminiscent of the Whistling Ducks and a tail like the Stiff-tail Ducks but are not closely related to any other species of duck. More

African White-backed Duck (Thalassornis leuconotus) * Reluctant fliers, these ducks are rarely observed in flight. * They often swim with their long neck held erect, but they also float in a hunched position. * Their relatively large and shapely bill is armed with a prominent nail. More

White-backed Duck Thalassornis leuconotus 2009 IUCN Red List Category (as evaluated by BirdLife International - the official Red List Authority for birds for IUCN): Least Concern Justification This species has an extremely large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence 30% decline over ten years or three generations). More

White-backed Duck ( Thalassornis leuconotus, family: Dendrocygnidae) = white backed duck kruger national park birds The White-backed Duck (Latin name Thalassornis leuconotus) is described in Roberts Birds of Southern Africa, 7th Edition. This bird has a unique Roberts number of 101 and you will find a full description of this bird on page 87 also a picture of the White-backed Duck on page 96. The White-backed Duck belongs to the family of birds classified as Dendrocygnidae. More

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Order : Anseriformes
Family : Anatidae
Genus : Thalassornis
Species : leuconotus
Authority : Eyton, 1838