Maccoa duck

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Maccoa duck
Oxyura maccoa.jpg
O. maccoa, male
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Subfamily: Oxyurinae
Genus: Oxyura
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.

Rarer than previously believed, it was uplisted from a species of Least Concern to Near Threatened status in the 2007 IUCN Red List.[2]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2013). "Oxyura maccoa". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ See BirdLife International (2007a,b).


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