African Black Duck

The African Black Duck (Anas sparsa), also known as the Black River Duck, West African Black Duck, or Ethiopian Black Duck, is found in eastern and southern Africa. They are among the 13 mallard-like species conclave worldwide. Overall plumage on this medium sized species is dark grey or black, with large white spots on their wings. The iridescent blue or purple speculum can be seen in flight or at rest, but are most readily seen in flight. The other prominent feature of the African Black Duck species is their bright orange legs and feet, which boldly contrast from the uniform, dark plumage. There are slight differences between the males and females. Females have dull orange legs and feet and are also slightly smaller in stature.