Photograph - By Karol Livote
Philippine Duck - Original Photography by Karol Livote
This is a large brown duck with distinctive pale orange face, dark crown, and partial dark eyeline. Uses a wide range of lowland freshwater and brackish wetland habitats, including marshes, ponds, riverbanks, and mangroves. No similar large ducks regularly occur in its range. Usually in small flocks but may join wintering flocks of wigeons,shovelers, or other dabbling ducks.
The Philippine duck population is suspected to be undergoing a rapid and continuing decline with subsequent local extinctions and near-disappearances occurring in several significant sites. The reasons for their decline is exceptionally high levels of hunting and trapping, conversion of natural wetlands, mangrove destruction and the recent extensive use of pesticides on rice-fields.
January 13th, 2021
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