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Duck: White-winged wood duck

Asarcornis scutulata
Bird

IUCN Status
An endangered species in the wild! They are expected to completely disappear from there range outside of national reserves and parks despite protection as they are just too tasty



Diet

Seeds, aquatic plants, grain, rice, snails, small fish and insects – a true omnivore!

Habitat

Stagnant and slow flowing natural wetlands around dense evergreen forests within which it nests and roosts. There are scattered small populations throughout South-east Asia.

Behaviour

A truly secretive species that in the wild only feeds at night.

Breeding

A tree hole nesting species, laying up to 16 eggs!

Fun Facts

This is one of the biggest ducks in the world. Only the steamer ducks of the Andes are heavier!

Although it looks a bit like a wild Muscovy duck this is “convergent” evolution as Muscovy’s occur in South America. These are more closely related to diving ducks.

A flightless period of two weeks happens every year in Autumn when this bird disappears into dense rainforest and hides!

At The Zoo

We have a pair on exhibit with our scarlet ibis. They are proving to be tremendously difficult to breed and each year we try stimulating breeding in different ways! No success yet!