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Anas sparsa (African Black Duck)

Wikipedia Abstract

The African black duck (Anas sparsa) is a species of duck of the genus Anas. It is genetically closest to the mallard group, but shows some peculiarities in its behavior and (as far as they can be discerned) plumage; it is accordingly placed in the subgenus Melananas pending further research.
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Anas sparsa leucostigma (Abyssinian black duck)
Anas sparsa sparsa (South African black duck)

EDGE Analysis

Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 2.05815
EDGE Score: 1.11781


Adult Weight [1]  2.198 lbs (997 g)
Birth Weight [2]  71.7 grams
Female Weight [1]  2.046 lbs (928 g)
Male Weight [1]  2.352 lbs (1.067 kg)
Weight Dimorphism [1]  15 %
Diet [3]  Carnivore (Invertebrates), Piscivore, Herbivore
Diet - Fish [3]  20 %
Diet - Invertibrates [3]  30 %
Diet - Plants [3]  50 %
Forages - Water Surface [3]  100 %
Clutch Size [5]  6
Clutches / Year [1]  1
Incubation [4]  26 days
Snout to Vent Length [1]  21 inches (53 cm)


Protected Areas

Important Bird Areas

Name Location  IBA Criteria   Website   Climate   Land Use 
Grassland Biosphere Reserve (proposed) South Africa A1, A2, A3, A4i, A4ii, A4iii

Biodiversity Hotspots


Atilax paludinosus (Marsh Mongoose)[6]


Parasitized by 
Porrocaecum crassum <Unverified Name>[7]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Range Map


External References



Attributes / relations provided by
1Nathan P. Myhrvold, Elita Baldridge, Benjamin Chan, Dhileep Sivam, Daniel L. Freeman, and S. K. Morgan Ernest. 2015. An amniote life-history database to perform comparative analyses with birds, mammals, and reptiles. Ecology 96:3109
2Terje Lislevand, Jordi Figuerola, and Tamás Székely. 2007. Avian body sizes in relation to fecundity, mating system, display behavior, and resource sharing. Ecology 88:1605
3Hamish Wilman, Jonathan Belmaker, Jennifer Simpson, Carolina de la Rosa, Marcelo M. Rivadeneira, and Walter Jetz. 2014. EltonTraits 1.0: Species-level foraging attributes of the world's birds and mammals. Ecology 95:2027
4del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.
5Jetz W, Sekercioglu CH, Böhning-Gaese K (2008) The Worldwide Variation in Avian Clutch Size across Species and Space PLoS Biol 6(12): e303. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0060303
6The Yellow Mongoose Cynictis penicillata and Other Small Carnivores in the Mountain Zebra National Park, C. F. Du Toit, Koedoe 23:179-184 (1980)
7Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
Biodiversity Hotspots provided by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
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