Maccoa Duck

Maccoa Duck (Oxyura maccoa), an Africa duck species, closely mirrors the plumage and body shape of the Ruddy Duck because it is also a member of the stiff-tailed duck group. All of the plumage on the male, regardless of color, is nothing short of brilliant and bright. Even the jet-black plumage on the head, neck, and upright tail appears bright. The body plumage is a ruddy or chestnut color. This species also displays a bright blue, somewhat flat, gently sloping bill. Females are gray-brown with white streaks being displayed below the eyes and sometimes extends down the neck. Females also lack the bright blue bill. Juveniles appear similar to the females and have unique characteristics like slimmer tail feathers and darker brown heads.

maccoa duck