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Tambo Blanquillo - Stay in a family owned Manu Lodge and discover The Wonders of the Peruvian Jungle
Av. Nicolás de Piérola 265
Barranco, Lima 04 – Perú
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FAMILY BIRDS

Anatidae

A family of geese and ducks that spend the majority of their time on or near shallow rivers and oxbow lakes. Usually spotted near floating vegetation or on river banks.


 Muscovy Duck

Cairina moschata

Muscovy Duck

Muscovy Duck

Appearance:

  • Large, with males measuring 76 to 78cm in length and weighing up to 4kg.
  • Females grow to to about half the size of males.
  • Mostly black and white, the back feathers are iridescent and glossy in males, more drab in females.
  • Wings may have white patches or bars, which are more noticeable in flight.
  • The bill can be yellow, pink, black, or a mixture of those colours.

Behaviour:

  • Somewhat aggressive. Males often fight over food, territory or mates.
  • The females fight less often.
  • Some adults will peck at the ducklings if they are eating at the same food source.

Voice:

  • The drake has a low breathy call, the hen a quiet trilling coo.

Where & how to spot in Manu:

  • See them mostly swimming in shallow water on the edge of oxbow lakes.
  • Normally seen in the early morning.
  • More likely to be found in areas with floating vegetation.

 


 Orinoco Goose

Neochen jubata

Orinoco Goose

Orinoco Goose

Appearance:

  • Striking, with a pale head and neck.
  • The flanks and mantle are chestnut and the wings blackish.
  • The legs are red and the bill is black and pinkish.
  • Males and females are identical in plumage, though the males are larger.
  • They are about 61 to 72cm long and weigh about 1.2kg.

Behaviour:

  • Diet is mostly leaves and seed-heads of plants.
  • It rarely swims or flies unless hard pressed.
  • In flight it looks heavy, more like a goose than a duck.
  • It is very territorial in the breeding season.

Voice:

  • The male has a high-pitched whistling call, the female cackles.

Where & how to spot in Manu:

  • It usually nests in hollow trees, only occasionally on the ground.
  • Usually found near river banks.
  • Active at all times of the day.
  • Family groups of up to six are commonly seen sunbathing on the sand.

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