Maccoa duck

Maccoa duck
Oxyura maccoa.jpg
O. maccoa, male
Scientific classification edit
Species:O. maccoa
Binomial name
Oxyura maccoa
(Eyton, 1838)
Oxyura maccoa distribution.svg
Oxyura maccoa range

The maccoa duck (Oxyura maccoa) is a small (48–51 cm) long African stiff-tailed duck.

Adult males have a chestnut body, a blue bill and a black head. Adult females have a grey-brown body, with a dark grey bill and a dark brown crown, nape and cheek stripe.

This duck breeds in two main areas: eastern Africa from Sudan and Ethiopia to Tanzania and west to eastern Zaire, and southern Africa from Zimbabwe to Cape Province, South Africa. Its breeding habitat is shallow fresh waters, and it is also found in brackish and saline lakes in winter.[2]

Rarer than previously believed, it was uplisted from a species of least concern to near threatened status in the 2007 IUCN Red List.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Oxyura maccoa". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 20 August 2015.
  2. ^ "Maccoa Duck - BirdLife Species Factsheet". BirdLife International. 2007. Retrieved 20 August 2015.