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Ruddy duck - Pato rana de Pico ancho

Oxyura jamaicencis ferruginea


It's a duck that stays away from the shore in bodies of water and seems fearful of people. Aggressive with their peers.


Chile inhabits the entire continental territory. often associated with mountain wetlands, but also in lagoons closer to the coast of the Pacific Ocean


It can be seen in scattered groups, couples or alone. Eminently aquatic, very little comes out of the water. It is a shy duck, whose behavior resembles that of a diver. It feeds mainly on aquatic invertebrates and plant material such as seeds and sprouts. It is a silent bird, especially the female. Only in the reproductive period, the male has a very heard song, while beating his chest with his beak as a display of courtship.

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Tukup 2 years ago

Belated congratulations on being chosen SOTW Jose. Great pictures.

josecardenasvejar 2 years ago

Thank you very much for this nomination!
What a thrill!

Thank you very much to all of you for your beautiful comments. This duck is amazing and it was wonderful to be able to share a moment with him before photographing him.
Hugs from Chile!

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 2 years ago

Great spotting, Jose. A real character, and I love the name! Congrats on your SOTW.

armadeus.4 2 years ago

Congratulations josecardenasvejar on your wonderful SOTW! The you for sharing :)

Felicitaciones por obtener el SOTW. Greetings form Costa Rica.

Great find Jose,congrats on the very well deserve SOTW and thanks for sharing

MichaelS 2 years ago

Hi josecardenasvejar,

Happy World Wildlife Day! Congratulations, your spotting has been voted SOTW by the Project Noah Rangers. Your excellent habitat notes help to educate the PN community on the ecology of the Andean duck. We look forward to seeing your next nature discovery!

Machi 2 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

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Los Lagos, Chile

Spotted on Dec 10, 2020
Submitted on Dec 14, 2020

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