African Pygmy-goose Nettapus auritus
African Pygmy Goose, Ghana, June 2011 - click for larger image

Ghana
June 2011

The African Pygmy-goose is distributed in most of Africa south of the Sahara and in Madagascar. It is found in wetlands, shallow lakes and slow-moving rivers where there is plenty of aquatic vegetation especially water-lilies. It feeds on the seeds of water-lilies and other aquatic plants as well as insects and small fish.

African Pygmy Goose, Ghana, June 2011 - click for larger image Photo 1 shows a female in the centre with her mottled grey face with a male on either side with a white face, black crown and metallic green sides of the neck with black borders. In flight there is a conspicuous white patch on the inner secondaries.
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