AFRICAN PYGMY GOOSE Nettapus auritus

A group of closely related small ducks found in Africa, Asia and Australia, pygmy-geese are so called because of their imagined resemblance to Branta geese. They are in fact the smallest true ducks, all are hole nesters which can perch in trees but do not walk well, spending most of their time on water. African is arguably the most attractive, widespread in Africa but local, being found as far north as Senegal, Chad and Ethiopia, as well as Madagascar. Usually found in pairs or small parties, they form large non-breeding flocks chiefly in the Okavango delta area.

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