|Crested Duck (Lophonetta specularioides)
(aka Anas specularioides)
Chilean name: Pato juarjual
The Crested Duck is distributed in the Andes from south Peru to southern Chile and Argentina where it is also found in the lowlands and into Tierra del Fuego. It is found on ponds and lakes as well as at the coast.
|It is large and long-bodied with a short crest giving a squarish appearance to the head. It is pale brown with marbled flanks and a rufous wash to the breast. The bill is black, the legs are grey and the eye is red with a dark mask in the nominate sub-species seen here in photos 1 to 3.|
|The sub-species L. s. alticola, seen here in photos 4 and 5, has a yellow to orange-yellow eye and is larger and browner.|