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maccoa duck

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Maccoa ducks (Oxyura maccoa) prefer permanent wetlands in open grasslands and semi-dry country. They are almost exclusively aquatic only coming to land to sleep and preen. They roost in loose rafts and are often observed with black-necked grebes and southern pochard.

Distribution: Coastal regions such as Swakopmund and Walvis Bay, Terrace Bay, Mwe Bay and Torra Bay. Inland records include Etosha National Park and the Windhoek region.

Diet: These ducks dive into bottom muds feeding mainly on invertebrates such as small snails, water fleas, seeds and roots.

Description: This genus are small, squat birds that float on the water with the tail either flattened or raised. They have characteristic stiff-tails and their legs are set way back on the body, both features that enable the Maccoa duck to dive. Legs and feet are grey-brown. Their plumage is often confused with the southern pochard.

Breeding: Habitats usually contain stands of vegetation such as rushes and sedges built by the females. Between 4 and 9 eggs are laid between February and March with an incubation period of 25 to 27 days. As nests are anchored to vegetation, they are prone to flooding by rising water.

Size: 48cm t 51cm. Weight: 810g.

Amjicaja Guest House

5km from the town center and within walking distance of the lagoon

Courtyard Hotel - Walvis Bay

A business hotel close to the town center

Lagoon Lodge

A bright & cozy lodge overlooking the lagoon and close to all of the cities amenities

Oyster Box Guest House

A small, upmarket, owner managed guest house offering excellent views over the Walvis Bay lagoon

Pelican Bay Hotel

Well situated with views over the lagoon and close to the ever popular Raft Restaurant

Pelican Point Lodge

Adjacent to a light house on a remote peninsula near the town of Walvis Bay. Pelican Point Lodge offers luxurious accommodation in a tranquil, remote & unspoiled environment

Spindrift Guest House

A friendly & relaxing eight roomed guest house

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