The Hartlaub's Duck
(Pteronetta hartlaubii) is a dark chestnut-colored duck that was named after the German
naturalist Gustav Hartlaub.
Hartlaub's Duck are found in
equatorial West and Central
Africa, from Guinea and Sierra Leone east through
Nigeria to Sudan, and south to Gabon, Congo and the Democratic Republic of the
Congo (formerly Zaire).
Diet / Feeding:
Ducks generally feed on larvae and
pupae usually found under rocks, aquatic animals, plant material, seeds, small
fish, snails and crabs.
Feeding Ducks ...
enjoy ducks and many of us offer them food to encourage them to come over and
stay around - and it works! Who doesn't like an easy meal!
foods that we traditionally feed them at local ponds are utterly unsuitable for
them and are likely to cause health problems down the road. Also, there may be
local laws against feeding this species of bird - so it's best to check on that
rather than facing consequences at a later stage.
Please note that feeding ducks and geese makes them dependent on
humans for food, which can result in starvation and possibly death
when those feedings stop. If you decide to feed them, please limit the
quantity to make sure that they maintain their natural ability to forage for
food themselves - providing, of course, that natural food sources are
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