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Philippine Duck

[ Philippine Duck ] [ Black Duck ] [ Gadwall ]
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With its rusty-cinnamon head and bluish-gray bill, the Philippine duck is a rather distinctive bird. The cinnamon colored head is boldly decorated with a black crown and a black stripe through the eye, while the rest of the plumage is brownish-gray. When in flight, a well-defined patch of glossy green on the wing can be clearly seen, which is bordered with black and has a narrow white edge, and the underside of the wing is also white. Immature Philippine ducks have slightly duller plumage than that of adults, while ducklings are olive-brown with a bright yellow face and neck. It calls with a typical duck-like quack.


This shy and nervous species, which will quickly fly off if approached, may be seen in large flocks outside of the breeding season, but usually occurs in pairs or small groups. The breeding season is thought to extend between March and November, with a peak in activity in July and August, although this may vary throughout the range . The Philippine duck constructs a nest obscured from view under a thick cover of aquatic vegetation, such as water bindweed. Clutches consist of 8 to 10, sometimes 15 to 16, eggs, which are dull white with a brownish tinge. These are incubated for 25 to 26 days.



General Comments

Most active in the early morning, late afternoon, and during moonlit nights, the Philippine duck forages in shallow water for plants, mollusks and crustaceans. Fish and frogs may also be consumed, as well as insects, rice and the shoots of young plants; some farmers have complained of the damage this duck had done to newly sown fields and sprouting crops



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Philippine Duck Drake

Philippine Duck Hen

Philippine Duck Pair

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