White-backed Duck

White-backed Duck (Thalassornis leuconotus) an Africa species that displays a long, noticeably hooked bill. Closer to the face, the bill becomes more stocky and the black coloration becomes mottled with a dirty orange. There are small areas of white plumage around the base of the bill. Though sometimes difficult to see, their black eyes appear very near the top of their head. The plumage on top of the head is a dark brown that gradually turns into a pure ruddy color around the neck. When at rest, the overall body plumage is brown with large, short dark brown stripes. Their white back is only visible in flight. Legs and feet are similar in color to the bill but can be greyer. The White-backed Duck species is monomorphic, and even size is difficult to use when attempting to discern males and females.

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