The Yellow Billed duck

GoBundu will be issuing a weekly Birding Blog Post.  Each post will feature a bird that has been sighted by GoBundu on their travels around Southern Mozambique over the last 16 years, together with a link that takes you to the exact google earth location that the specific bird was sighted.  If you are a keen birder keep an eye on GoBundu Facebook page and Blog every Wednesday for specific locations on where you can spot various birdlife.

Yellow-Billed Duck

Click here to view the precise sighting location that GoBundu saw a Yellow-Billed Duck: 

This vlei area is situated off the beaten track, between the tar road to Ponta do Ouro and Ponta Malongane.  Click on the above link to google earth to see exactly how to reach this vlei.  Other birds that were sighted at this exact location were:

African Jacana
Lesser Jacana
Woolley-Necked Stork
Little Egret
White-Breasted Cormorant

The Yellow-Billed Ducks rich yellow bill with a black saddle on the upper mandible is distinctive.  From a distance the plumage appears dark, but less so than that of the African Black Duck.  In flight, it shows a blue-green speculum narrowly edged with white.  The juveniles are duller than the adults.

Habitat:  virtually any area of open fresh water, as well as estuaries, often in flocks

Status:  Common resident

Call:  Male gives a rasping hiss; female quacks

Check in next Wednesday to see the Featured Bird of the Week!

Happy Birding!

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