Birds of Colombia

    ANSERIFORMES: Anatidae (Ducks, Geese, Swans)  
Genus: Oxyura (1 species, 6 worldwide)

Genus Oxyura, Stiff-tailed Ducks are small diving ducks with a characteristic shape and stiff tails. Oxyura ducks dive for crustaceans.


Andean Duck
Andean Duck (Oxyura ferruginea) Male
Bogota, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Andean Duck
Andean Duck (Oxyura ferruginea) Female
Bogota, Colombia  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Most closely related to the migratory North American [Ruddy Duck]. Male Andean Ducks in Colombia may have a cheek colored white, black or some combination of white and black, indicating some past hybridization.
A male with white cheek.
Juvenile


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